Sustainable European Transport Policy

"Madam President,

The UK should make its own laws so I reject this proposal. But I don't dispute that more efficient cars are a good idea or that working from home cuts down pollution.

What concerns me about this report are words like "pricing policy" and "tax on fossil fuels" because no current serious alternatives exist and these taxes are very inflationary.

The future must be about encouraging innovation and technology, not about tricking people who have no alternative, into paying more tax. Most public transport systems are good for the commuter but don't fit the needs of the businessman who must drive to work in order to use the car to visit clients later. But Madam President, The City of Strasbourg provides a first class tram system with a tram stop outside this very building. So why aren't MEPs here in Strasbourg leading by example? They don't visit clients they just come here to misrule Europe.

Yet almost all of them use chauffer-driven limousines and ignore the trams.

If MEPs complied with their own words then perhaps the public would listen? In simple English Madam President this house is guilty of gross hypocrisy.

Now what were MEPs saying about a sustainable transport system please because, like the no smoking rule in the parliament dining rooms, MEPs ignore it.