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To Say Tanks (SUVs) should be banned in cities

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Lovesgood Sun 31-May-20 13:45:27

www.fastcompany.com/90420280/should-we-ban-suvs

www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/oct/07/a-deadly-problem-should-we-ban-suvs-from-our-cities

They are a pest! I have always disliked them. I know Im not BU by the way. This is something that needs to be looked into properly and where better to start than here on mumsnet where the standard reply about these crap cars is "But I need a tank to drive my kids to school" They are NOT safer than other cars! Its a myth peddled by the car industry and only people who have no clue about cars believe that! (So plenty of people sadly).

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Lockheart Sun 31-May-20 13:47:48

So if you know you're not BU then why are you posting in AIBU?

highmarkingsnowbile Sun 31-May-20 13:48:43

FFS. YABU. Get a life. You do you and others do them. Plenty of them are now very fuel efficient and not as polluting - hybrid and electric cars. How about we ban busybody people who think everything they don't like should be banned?

Strugglingtodomybest Sun 31-May-20 13:50:56

I completely agree OP. There's just no need to have so many of them on the roads.

LiveFatsDieYoGnu Sun 31-May-20 13:52:56

I agree, but it's not going to be a popular opinion - too many selfish people around.

CoachBombay Sun 31-May-20 13:53:31

Thing is I have a giant Swedish estate car, it's as long as a suv and as wide 🤷🏻‍♀️ I'm just not high up like SUV. So it would be a slippery slope.

Lovesgood Sun 31-May-20 13:53:44

Get a life!? Did you read the articles I posted? Or course not! They are twice as likely to kill pedestrians and other drivers!

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Laaalaaaa Sun 31-May-20 13:55:16

Only in cities? So would you need a second car for driving into the city? Pathetic.

highmarkingsnowbile Sun 31-May-20 13:56:27

Yes, I did read the articles.

mylittlesandwich Sun 31-May-20 13:57:10

It's hard to tell where SUV starts and estate stops. I would have thought my car was an SUV but my insurance etc classifies it as an estate. I really struggled to find a car in my price range with a bit more space for DS that wasn't as SUV type thing. I didn't know they were so dangerous though. It's something I'll keep in mind when I come to replace. As far as fuel efficiency it's actually similar to my 0.9 litre smart car that I had previously.

MsTSwift Sun 31-May-20 13:57:44

I would go further and ban all but essential cars and vans from cities they are all a pest - cycling around our small city early in lockdown was a revelation. Humans are smart we can do better than this

KittenVsBox Sun 31-May-20 13:59:17

So, what about the people who travel roads more suitable for SUVs 90% of the time? Are they forced to have a second car for occasional trips into a city?????

ShaniaPayne Sun 31-May-20 13:59:35

Can't you just say SUVs in your thread title, and have a rational discussion about pollution, etc?

Given some of the horrific images coming out of the US this week, I think referring to 'tanks' in cities is pretty bad taste.

YounghillKang Sun 31-May-20 13:59:53

I agree OP.

CallmeAngelina Sun 31-May-20 14:00:43

Struggling to see what business it is of yours what car anyone else chooses to drive.

Lovesgood Sun 31-May-20 14:02:23

Estates are not as dangerous to pedestrians because they are lower to the ground, so when they collide the pedestrian ends up on the bonnet. A collision with an SUV means they end up under the car and are much more likely to die.
As SUVs have a higher gravity point they tip over much easier than estates which also causes a bunch of problems, including the SUV driver, thats why its simply not true that the SUV driver is safer, its a false sense of security. SUVs endanger all road users more than other cars.

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ChoosingHim Sun 31-May-20 14:04:19

YANBU OP they're a menace and generally their drivers seem to be inconsiderate and dangerous, I guess because they think they're safe being higher up so there's no need to drive considerately. Can't stand the things.

Lovesgood Sun 31-May-20 14:04:48

CallmeAngelina

Oh sorry that I feel some concern about the safety of humans! How silly of me!

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ChoosingHim Sun 31-May-20 14:05:34

(I got hit by a regular car that scooped my off the footpath and onto the bonnet. I'd probably be dead or have had much worse injuries if it had been an SUV. They need banning)

CoachBombay Sun 31-May-20 14:07:31

I still wouldn't fancy being run over by a estate, but I see where you are coming from OP.

I do worry about them hitting a child, I think an SUV hit at 20mph could prove fatal compared to a car.

BossAssBitch Sun 31-May-20 14:11:39

I love my 4x4, it’s safe, efficient, practical and good looking. I Live rurally, v occasionally drive in cities. I won’t be buying another car so you’ll just have to suck it up 🤷🏻‍♀️

Oh and YABU, obviously, not to mention boring. This tedious subject gets brought up on MN on a monthly basis 🙄

RandomLondoner Sun 31-May-20 14:12:05

I agree with a size limit or tax disincentive for large cars. Maybe a 20% added on to the purchase price of cars that are going to be in the top quartile for height or width. (Length is seldom an issue.)

I think there are too many cars in London anyway. I would extend congestion charging to all major roads inside the M25.

Herbie0987 Sun 31-May-20 14:14:11

I have an SUV, it is 13 years years old diesel, with 140000 on the clock. It is capable of doubling it’s mileage, which a petrol vehicle would struggle to do. It is used for towing transport children and just about any else required of it. Friends come to us when a big vehicle is needed.

TheMandalorian Sun 31-May-20 14:14:46

Sort of like the emissions zone tariff in central london.
I think all city centres should have something similar and not just for SUVs but for all private motor vehicles. Obviously buses, taxis, delivery van's and lorries are exempt.
Most cities already have a park and ride system in place.

Macncheeseballs Sun 31-May-20 14:35:48

Bossassbitch, well we literally are 'sucking it up', but as long as you're okhmm. I agree op, but I think all but essential car trips in inner cities should be banned. Car free cities are the future

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