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It's reported that a transport minister wants to move away from 20th-century thinking centred around private vehicle ownership.

I would hazard a guess that this was planned as part of some post-COP26 follow-up agenda. Except that with the panic over Omicron, COP26 now feels like a distant memory, and what happened more recently was that the government began scaring people out of mixed company again. I’d expect that ordering everyone to breathe through a cilice on public transport, thereby promoting the idea that buses and trains are dangerous hotbeds of infection, encouraged people to drive instead if they have the option. I'm not sure car clubs, scooters and bike shares are prepared to take that strain.

Another triumph for behavioural psychology in policymaking.

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