I mentioned this briefly in my previous post but feel it’s worth a bit more attention…
Today, the senile Daily Express informs us that “Cars face ban from all cities …another plan forced on us by the crazy EU”:
It’s just the latest in a whole slew of anti-Europe articles which have been pouring forth from the Express (most of which have been finely taken apart by Tim Fenton at Zelo Street).
According to the Express:
PETROL and diesel cars could be banned from European cities under radical plans unveiled yesterday.
EU chiefs also want to shift half of all long-distance car journeys from road to rail.
However, as the European Commission in the UK stated in a post yesterday, no such ban has been proposed:
Contrary to comments made by a government Minister today, the European Commission is not considering an EU level ban on cars in city centres by 2050. Cities are of course best placed to decide their own transport mix.
Today’s Transport White Paper acknowledges that many European cities are struggling with the challenges of congestion, noise pollution, traffic jams and so on. Something needs to be done and phasing out conventional combustion engines is a realistic objective. The role of the European level is to help the shift to alternative forms of transport take place, and make them more attractive to users.
No one city or even country can act alone to bring on stream the technologies needed to tackle the challenges of transport in Europe’s cities. That is where action at European level can help. But a blanket ban on conventional cars is not on the table.
Anticipating the predictable habits of the British press, the Commission sent a statement to a number of news desks which also denied the existence of such a ban.
Indeed, the Express actually admits that there isn’t any ban right at the end of the article, saying:
The Commission denied it wanted to ban cars from city centres but said “phasing out conventional combustion engines is a realistic objective”.
The Express are clearly hoping that their readers will either miss that sentence entirely or simply refuse to believe it.
Given misinformation like this, it’s no wonder that 99% of their readers agree with the Express’ stand against the EU.