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AIBU to think that people should only be allowed a 4x4 if they actually need one?

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boomting Sat 12-Jan-13 21:08:02

They are ridiculously fuel inefficient, and given the finite supplies of oil and the effects on climate change (and no this isn't a climate change thread!), I think that the government should only allow you to own a 4x4 if you have a demonstrable reason for needing one. You would have to submit a form and be issued with a special licence to own one. Reasons could include being a farmer, or having to tow heavy trailers that cannot legally be towed with a smaller vehicle. This isn't an exhaustive list of acceptable reasons, but people who only use them for the school run and going to the supermarket shop should not be allowed to use them.


coraltoes Tue 22-Jan-13 10:50:14

Hahaha the day my car choice is dictated by some hand wringing loon on mnet is the day Kerry Katona becomes queen. My car, my expense, my choice.

Next idiotic suggestion pls?

Morloth Tue 22-Jan-13 07:19:28

It is odd on MN at the moment.

It would appear that vast numbers of people loathe the current Government, but at the same time want to give them much more control over people's day to day lives.

Someone must be able to explain it to me.

differentnameforthis Tue 22-Jan-13 01:58:01

Hahahaha "allowed" really! Cars should be means tested now? My car is a 4x4 when you want it to be & it is more fuel efficient that than the car I traded in.

lurkerspeaks Tue 22-Jan-13 00:35:11

I'm pissing myself laughing at the confusion over 4WD.

I live in town and drive an eco-geared normal car. It is pish in snow and I'm v. Grateful my rural hobby obsessed brother lends me his "proper" 4x4 (an ancient defender) to get to work on snowyh days. I return the favour by letting him use my car if he has to go out to see clients (his rusty muddy car is at odds with his professional persona).

What amuses me is watching my neighbours spectacularly fail to conquer the snow even in their 4wd. Some of them have v. Shiny rangies but seem blissfully unaware of how to actually drive them. Frustrates my poor bro who would live a new Range Rover and would take it off road. Nothing makes me happier than a muddy off roader.

My urban cobbled hilly road is so bad that I might consider a 4wd car (do not a proper off roader) and would discount anything rear wheel drive.

The best car for the snow IME -my sisters matiz. It is a crap car but handles snow with aplomb.

The Mazda CX5 I think it is called does that on the American cycle which translates to hmm...almost 35mpg in the UK.

Skyebluesapphire Mon 21-Jan-13 23:53:37

I know people who are thinking about getting a twin cab truck, the sort of thing driven by farmers and contractors etc..... neither of them have a job that warrants a 4x4 , they have 2 young kids, and live in a small town. They also have no money...

So no, YANBU - some people certainly dont need them.

pugsandseals Mon 21-Jan-13 23:49:00

UABU - What next? Everyone must drive a Nissan Micra? As it happens my car is not 4x4 but does come in a 4x4 version that gets around 40-45mpg (not bad). I live in the middle of nowhere, we have 2 buses a day to our village & the council rarely fill in the humungus pot holes left by the lorries which the council allow to use our road as a rat run. Would that qualify in your world? Probably not because I do actually drive it in town too & you would look at me & judge! There are many reasons for using bigger more off-roady cars. It might just be that the driver gets a bad back & prefers the upright driving position! Nobody's car choice should be subject to regulation until we all have a perfect transport system that supports the needs of all (like that's going to happen!)

Hobbitation Mon 21-Jan-13 23:45:29

Yes exactly. Ooh, it's an SUV, must be a gas guzzler. My 7 year old estate car only does 32 mpg around town, I bet there are numerous more fuel efficient SUVs/4x4s these days.

Hobbitation, and vice versa.

ExitPursuedByABear Mon 21-Jan-13 23:11:00

Everlong - you turned up!

LibraryMum8 Mon 21-Jan-13 22:27:31


Hobbitation Mon 21-Jan-13 22:26:02

I think a lot of people on here who think they have a 4x4 in fact just have an SUV or a car that kind of shape, which may or may not be necessarily four wheel drive.

WMittens Mon 21-Jan-13 22:22:56

Ignore that last post

WMittens Mon 21-Jan-13 22:19:47

I got a compact 4x4 which is a Ford Kuga, is superb in this snow.

It's not big, it uses about the same as a normal car, 32 mpg.

If what I've found is true that only the 163bhp 2 litre diesel is 4WD, then 32mpg is rubbish fuel economy.

They can't be any worse than my Almera, £70 I used in petrol one week and road tax is £250 a year or £137 for 6 months!

BeanJuice Mon 21-Jan-13 19:36:11

Binky grin

Binkyridesagain Mon 21-Jan-13 19:33:12

DH is doing his bit for community tonight, he has gone out in the snow in his 4x4 to the local Indian takeaway to fix their deep fat fryer, you can't get more community spirited than that can you? grin

everlong Mon 21-Jan-13 19:29:52

I know.

BeanJuice Mon 21-Jan-13 19:26:37

How wonderful that your 4x4 is helpful for about 2 days a year and annoying to everyone else the other 363 grin

tittytittyhanghang Mon 21-Jan-13 19:12:06

right now im loving my 4x4. I also have smug face on.

To combine two threads, what if I said I used mine to pick up part of a barely used but secondhand living room set which has a lifetime warranty on the frame and cushions? We also used our pickup truck to buy a barely used immaculate (originally $4000 but now $400 and used a total of !!5!! times from someone who had downsized) three piece suite and deliver our 20 year sofa bed to a college student who was thrilled to be able to give it some more love. What if I told you that in our neighbourhood we often share vehicles, our neighbour had a well loved pickup that was loaned out to many neighbours when they needed to haul something, when that died we bought one which has already been loaned out to friends and neighbours.

everlong Mon 21-Jan-13 18:16:29

Today was a breeze getting ds to school 6 miles away. Nice little stress free jaunt.

smile <-- yep that could be a smug face.

Hulababy Mon 21-Jan-13 18:09:39

Justified again today. Wish I'd had a big 4x4! DH's smaller 4wd couldn't get out today as too deep; didn't enjoy the walk.

freddiefrog Sat 19-Jan-13 13:55:06

I'm sure the news just asked drivers of 4x4's to come forward and help primary care workers get in to work. (Wasn't totally watching as on here!). Anyone else see that?

Yep. Our council always asks 4x4 drivers to help out in adverse weather conditions.

I spent a couple of hours yesterday driving a nurse around to her urgent appointments

shockers Sat 19-Jan-13 11:25:39

grin @ Pan

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