|London, 30 May 2003.
For immediate release.
"It's sad to see an MP tilting at windmills when there are far more pressing transport problems to solve. Mr Baker has not even defined what he means by a "4x4". Four wheel drive is fitted to many small cars. Does he propose that children should not be taken to school in a four wheel drive Fiat Panda or Ford Sierra but can be taken in a 7.5 ton truck? What vehicles does Mr Baker deem acceptable for carriage of children? Presumably Mr Blair's gas guzzling but 2wd Chrysler Voyager is sacrosanct."Suggesting that these vehicles are more likely to be driven badly than other types is simple prejudice. All types of vehicles can be used in a manner that puts other road users at risk, this is primarily a driver education issue.
"This is gesture politics at its worst. With the roads crumbling because of lack of funding, driving taxes escalating and London's drivers being slammed with a Congestion Tax, we believe there are more important issues at stake. I wonder if Mr Baker knows how many of his constituents in Lewes drive 4x4s? I wonder if he knows how much children love travelling in 4x4 vehicles? I'm sure they'll let him know at the ballot box."