War on Cars Watch for May 1, 2019

Welcome to the War on Cars Watch, a weekly blog to bring together all the stories that affect motorists with regards to street planning such as road diets, and traffic calming as well as programs such as Vision Zero and Complete Streets.

Please read this blog and let us know what you think by commenting below! Check out the NMA’s War on Cars Watch Facebook Page where we feature a story a day!

NMA Communications Director Shelia Dunn compiles the list, and the italicized comments throughout the Watch comes from NMA Member Michael Jabbra (marked with an MJ). NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker gives us his considerable wisdom at the end of this week’s list.

Information from April 24-30, 2019


Mobility as a Service

MJ: Of course, the red cups won’t stop cyclists from blowing through red lights and stop signs…or from distracted cycling (bicyclists on cell phones). It’s always the driver’s fault according to these folks!





MJ: This is an interesting solution to put a stop to high-speed police pursuits, which endanger everyone. The police will be able to monitor the movements of the tracker and box in the driver or lay down spike strips.

District of Columbia

MJ: This is not a surprise, considering that Washington, DC has a good metro system and is less sprawled out than Los Angeles. Moreover, anyone with a car can be an Uber or Lyft driver…which means that there are a lot of drivers…which means that the driver’s wage is going to be low.  It’s driving, not heart surgery. This is Economics 101. 






MJ: “That won’t stop privacy advocates from crying foul…” whined Sean Szymkowski, the author of this article. It’s clear that he doesn’t mind governments or corporations spying on people if it’s to wage war on cars and their darn carbon pawprints.

New Mexico

New Jersey & New York

New York

MJ: This citizen bounty program encourages the adult equivalent of schoolyard tattling.  Delivery drivers – is it really that hard to turn off your engine while you make a delivery?



Commentary from James C. Walker, NMA Foundation Executive Director

Polls like the one Road to Zero Survey Says Motorists Support Imposition of More Safety Measures (Vision Zero Watch)  can come up any answer the sponsors want – IF the questions are phrased cleverly enough. They are worthless in any serious analysis of what the public would accept.

Gen Z and all other vehicle buyers need to recognize that SUVs and Crossovers cost $1,000 to $4,000 more than conventional coupes, sedans, and station wagons in similar size and engine categories. For those extra costs, the buyers get to “enjoy” lower fuel economy, higher centers of gravity for worse handling and more emissions per mile traveled. Such a deal!!!

British data clearly showed that using 20 mph limits instead of the former 30 limits on most city roads did NOT reduce speeds by any significant amount and did NOT improve safety.

The EU and Britain even if they separate are on the road to automatic speed limiters on all new cars. How the public actually reacts to them is yet to be seen. Many people predict sharply rising values of used cars in the last few model years before the highly intrusive and sometimes dangerous devices are installed.

Council people in Phoenix who objected to the Vision Zero plan likely know the reduction in speed limits in Boston resulted in actual speed reductions of 0.0 mph, but BIG increases in drivers arbitrarily defined as violators for $$$$.

The problem with Denver’s plan to force more people out of their cars is the fact people do NOT like trading their 20 to 25 minute commute by private car for a 30 to 45 minute commute by transit including more exposure to four season weather going to and from transit stops and waiting for the transit vehicles to arrive. They say NO!

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2 Responses to “War on Cars Watch for May 1, 2019”

  1. Tom McCarey says:

    With all the new government restrictions on new cars it won’t be long before the US resembles Cuba: nothing but “vintage” cars because the new ones will be too expensive, restrictive and intrusive. Take care of the vehicle you have now. You aren’t going to want what is coming.

  2. Steven Jackson says:

    I have to disagree. This will never happen, maybe they will raise the rates, and try to force people out, but its ridiculous to me that there will be no cars. Even if its only for the wealthy, people will still drive their cars. And Ill still be fixing them.