Another proof of the dependence of our society on oil and the double discourse of politicians who take their fellow citizens for gogos.
This winter, a test period for the daytime lighting of car lights throughout the country will take place from October 30, 2004 to March 27, 2005, with the aim of… increasing user safety.
However, the European Commission itself abandoned its draft directive aiming to introduce this measure at European level in January 2001 and the test operation carried out in the Landes since 1998 has not made it possible to draw conclusions on the relevance of such a project. On the other hand, the endangerment of weaker users is very real. Since 1975, bikers have been driving with their lights on to make themselves easily identifiable in the middle of other vehicles: they will lose their visibility. Cyclists will be drowned in the riot of lights. As for pedestrians, remember that it is up to drivers to be vigilant and not to pedestrians to hide when approaching a vehicle! All European associations of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists have expressed their opposition to the project. But then why is the French government so keen on this measure?
Because a car with its headlights on consumes more. It is estimated at 650 million Euros the sum that will bring to the State this over-consumption, via the TIPP. This spring, we learned that the fuel consumption of the French had fallen by 1% over the past year, a net loss of 1 billion euros for the State. We had to make up for this shortfall. We had already passed by the hatch measures favoring the purchase of less fuel-consuming vehicles (news from 23/07), and now we are still being forced to consume and pollute more!
Clearly, the lobbies don't even need to put pressure on them anymore. Our leaders are deluding themselves when they think in the short term and when they choose oil interests rather than bet on change.
PS: biker friends, don't forget the days of action on September 18 and 19. We know your solidarity!