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PremierLeague-News.Com - Three quarters of all sport utility vehicles sold in the UK are currently registered to people living in towns and cities

Uk News Environmentalists warn drivers against buying SUVs United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Three quarters of all sport utility vehicles sold in the UK are currently registered to people living in towns and cities

Uk News  Environmentalists warn drivers against buying SUVs United Kingdom news
07 April 2021 - 13:45

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Environmentalists have urged people living in built-up areas not to buy SUVs after a massive surge in sales of so-called “Chelsea tractors”.Analysis by think-tank the New Weather Institute and climate charity Possible found that three quarters of all SUVs sold in the UK are registered to people living in towns and cities.Although often promoted as rugged off-road vehicles, SUVs have been nicknamed “Chelsea tractors” because they are often most popular with city dwellers.The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.The analysis found that the stereotype is borne out, since Kensington and Chelsea is top for SUV sales with two other London boroughs, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster, a close second and third.Environmental charities say the heavy and less aerodynamic SUVs are more polluting than other shapes and are not needed in the city.Mary Creagh, the chief executive of Living Streets, a charity that promotes walking, told i: “No-one needs a two-tonne machine to do the weekly shop but Britain’s streets are being ruined by heavy, dirty, dangerous SUVs.“They are intimidating to pedestrians and up to twice as likely to kill people on foot in a collision.“The Government has promised zero road deaths by 2030, and net-zero carbon by 2050.  To get there, it must change consumer behaviour to show that, when it comes to cars, bigger is not better.”Greg Archer, UK director of Transport and Environment, a clean transport campaign group, said carmakers need to refocus their efforts on producing fully electric SUVs to stop off-roaders polluting cities.The NGO expects SUV sales to account for nearly 40 per cent of all new car sales by the end of this year.Mr Archer told i: “Ten years ago less than 1 in 10 new cars was an SUV – now it is more than 4 in 10.“The trend has contributed to higher CO2 emissions and stalled progress reducing UK road deaths and serious injuries. “There are very few large-battery electric SUVs but instead carmakers are focused on switching SUVs to plug-in hybrids that are only driven with zero emissions less than a third of the time.

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.  “The auto industry is changing fast and car buyers are beginning to realise driving and parking a large SUV in urban areas is not a convenient, responsible or sustainable choice.”Norman Baker, from Campaign for Better Transport, which campaigns for more access to high-quality, sustainable transport, said the SUV had become a “status symbol” but said it was now not “much to boast about”.He also called for public transport to be improved to provide a better alternative to driving in densely populated regions.Transport is the largest contributor to UK domestic greenhouse gas emissions. It contributed 28 per cent of UK domestic emissions in 2018, 4 per cent higher than in 2013.“Vehicles designed to go up mountains have no place on our high streets and should not be marketed as urban runarounds,” Mr Baker told i. Read More Deluded SUV drivers need to take their foot off the gas for the sake of the planet “As status symbols go, one that poisons the air, causes climate change and poses a greater threat to pedestrians isn’t much to boast about. We need to urgently reduce carbon emissions and air pollution from road transport, that means cleaner and greener cars, fewer vehicles overall and more active travel and public transport options.”Greenpeace UK said low-traffic neighbourhoods represent a possible solution to areas with high numbers of SUVs.The charity’s political campaigner, Sam Chetan-Welsh, told i: “Transport is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK and its contribution has soared in recent years.“The rise in sales of gas-guzzling SUVs has undoubtedly contributed to this. We need fewer cars on the roads, not more and bigger ones.“To do that the Government must bring in more measures, like low traffic neighbourhoods, that promote cycling and walking in our towns and cities, as well as properly funded public transport that’s more affordable and available to everyone. The Government needs to make it easier and safer for people to get about without cars of any size.”

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