Public transport isn’t for everyone – and it’s important that ‘green’ taxes don’t hit those who need a car most

I recently went without a car for a few days and it made me realize just how dependent on this mode of transportation can be.

ur, there is a good bus route within a few hundred meters. The problem is that crossing the city of South County Dublin requires military timetable precision to connect with buses on other routes.

To be honest, the “outer” part of the trips might have been doable, but the thought of taking the route home via these routes in reverse just stunned the wanderlust.

I had to rule out meeting a friend in Leixlip because it was just too far away and took too much round trip time. And I had to rely on a ride from my brother to get me to an important meeting.

No, this is not a talk about how bad our city public transport system is. Far from it.

Instead, it’s a statement of the fact that people like me are so stuck and used to the luxuries of independent travel that not having that independence can affect us psychologically.

I mean, I had to walk, yes walk, to the grocery store a full 800 meters – for a few items.

I take a little walk every day to try to get a decent bit of exercise under my belt. But I rarely get the purchases on two legs. I have a mental connection between cars and shopping (which I hate anyway).

And I think I’m not alone in that.

Such a sudden and near-unprecedented lack of mobility has shown me, among other things, how frightening it must be for people to be without a vehicle – particularly those living in remote parts of the country.

It must be all the more frightening for them when something goes wrong with their vehicle, because without it public transport can be so bad that it is almost impossible to use it.

I really think that our politicians need to be aware of the impact that tax measures in the unfolding ‘green’ agenda can have on people living outside of cities who desperately need a car.

At least city dwellers like me have a ministry available to us on a daily basis.

So the next time you’re waiting for a 46A, consider how well you’re doing – relatively speaking.

Now I’m back in the land of four wheels and I appreciate even more how nice it is to be independent. Public transport isn’t for everyone – and it’s important that ‘green’ taxes don’t hit those who need a car most

Fry Electronics Team

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