There’s a car that needs moving!


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There’s a car that needs moving! Scrapping cars needs incentives, not to buy another one, but to get rid of the old one forever. In exchange for a new bicycle, a tram, a train line for Milano-Voghera commuters that arrives on time and without cattle trucks for passengers. There’s a car that needs moving! No unemployed person will buy a Fiat thanks to the bonus from the State. No precarious worker, sacked person, “project worker”, will change their car for the psycho-dwarf’s discount. Instead, the car has to be eliminated, perhaps a bit at a time, to avoid the collateral affects of the addiction from advertising.
There’s a car that needs moving! There’s a need to change the priorities of public interventions. Incentives should be given to the companies of the future. To telecommunications, to the Internet, to photovoltaic panels, to tele-working (last in Europe). Moving around is robbing us of our life, our time. The only resource that is 100% perishable. Giving incentives to Fiat is a throwback to the past. There are millions of great used cars parked in Italian cities. If we are tired of our own, we could launch a car exchange. For what extraordinary motive should we change them? To relaunch Fiat? That same company that, when it has profits, keeps the profits and when it has losses, pays wages with the cash for “lay-offs”. Italy is invaded by cars and by car parks under construction for cars that will never go there. The crisis could be a turning point. State money, our money, has to be destined for renewable energy, connectivity, and broadband. Restarting the economy and giving incentives for cars are two incompatible things. It’s like treating a drug addict with an overdose.
There’s a car that needs moving! The priority for development is not the automobile. The social costs of atmospheric pollution and the occupation of every urban space, the pavements, the ramps for people with disabilities, the pedestrian crossings, in double or triple parking, to play parks for children. When I look at the streets of a city, it seems as though I am in a Matrix-style nightmare, surrounded by sheets of metal and exhaust pipes everywhere. With my senses requisitioned by cars. To see cars, breathe cars, touch cars, feel cars. The automobile is an enchantment, a habit that has been induced becomes an unsustainable bad habit. The incentives should be used to stay still not to move, tele-working not motorways. Work is not about staying in a queue all your life. The car was in crisis a lot earlier than the crisis. There’s a world rejection in relation to a former status symbol that has got transformed into an annoying and costly domestic appliance with four wheels. In the United States the age of an owned car has gone from 59 months to 77 months. And the sale of cars has collapsed since 2000, from 14.5 million to 8.5 million. There’s a car that needs moving!

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Posted by: Tang Kai | February 11, 2009 09:39 AM

This is one of the reason I read this blog. I am from Puerto Rico an Beppe is a man who not only criticizes but who gives ideas.

In my island qe are having a similar problem but our government is making more roads and more roads wich in turn is killing nature.

Posted by: Michael Castro | February 9, 2009 07:00 PM

Once again Italy is moving against the global grain. Every car maker in the world is struggling with no sales. The message seems quite clear, the automobile industry as we knew it is dead. The bail out of the American industry is a case in point: ADAPT or DIE.
The bail out is conditional to major & revolutionary changes in the industry. Car makers will have to come up with viable alternative eco friendly products for the future. They need to gear up for modes of transportation that will be totally different from anything we have known before. If car manufacturers do not come up with such plans there will be no bail out and they will be left to go out of business. It is as simple as that.
What is being proposed in Italy is the opposite. Prop up Fiat to weather a storm which will never end.
Big tax money used to get rid of crap so that a new piece of crap can be bought. It really makes italian sense!!!!

Posted by: Maurizio Odello | February 9, 2009 01:04 PM

It kind of reminds of the UK car industry in the 1970's, I really do feel for your workers within the car industry.

Posted by: Cherry Karon | February 9, 2009 11:35 AM

I moved to the city a few years ago since I was sick of using a car. What was the symbol of individual freedom has become a burden. Roads are clogged up; too many vehicles ranging from bikes to huge trucks all driving at different speeds and
drivers between 18-70 years old, of different sex
with varied ability and interpretation of the rules of the road; it all makes for a deadly combination.
Car owners have become hostages and prisoners. Stuck at toll gates on motorways. It is impossible to find a space wasting precious time in traffic driving round and round or going up or down ramps in multi storey or underground car parks. We pay to use the roads, pay to park, pay for not paying, pay insurance, pay for damage -
often caused by others. True some people for professional reasons or if they live in rural areas need transport. But in the city what is the point in owning a car? Live a stress free life and save money by using public transport or taxis and hire a car when needed.

Posted by: peterfieldman | February 9, 2009 11:18 AM

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