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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #282 - 80 km / h on the roads: five reasons to kick back (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 22 Apr 2018 08:56:21 +0300

This measure, positive for road safety, is indicative of social and territorial inequalities. ---- The government has decided to limit speed on the roads " without land full central " at 80km / h instead of 90km / h from July 2018. This decision is clearly not unanimous among the population. ---- The National Front seized the issue by launching a petition. Another of the Driver's League exceeds 2 million signatories. For their part, " progressive " militant circles laugh yellow: " People do not move for refugees, but for their car there are people ". Yet, generally speaking, we are not used to thinking that one fight prevents another. Is there not an unhealthy side to despise everyday claims that seem to affect a lot of people ? What, are not we collectively affected by this measure ? Under the pretext that it is not labeled " Marx and Bakunin theorized ", should we ignore it? Ignore that this is a problem for many people ? So here are five reasons to position yourself against this limitation at 80 km / h.

1. Give time to your boss. The 80 % of the employees who take their car to go to work will see their working day lengthen the additional necessary time. Of course in urban areas, it will not change much. But in rural areas, on a 60 km round trip will lose about 3 minutes. At the end of the month, it's an hour and a quarter extra for the boss.

2. Accelerate metropolisation. Public policies are in the direction of a concentration of economic and social life in the urban poles: closing public services, merging regions, merging local communities ... Increasing travel time in rural areas is complicating the the lives of those who live there ; it also increases the chances that companies will locate near highways and cities.

3. Donate to Vinci. National journeys are already long. Those who avoid the highway, most often for economic reasons, will increase their travel time even further. Too bad for them if they and they persist on the national. Good for Vinci and Eiffage if they give in to the sirens of the 130km / h to 1 euro the 10 km.

4. The richer you are, the less you go. Automatic radar reports 1 billion euros in revenue to the state. Everyone knows that it is easy to be flashed for a few extra km / h during a moment of inattention. Fortunately there are solutions: among others speed regulators and GPS applications that indicate the positions of the radars. But all this has a cost. In the end it's easier to take a fine when you have an old car and no smartphone.

5. Increase the price of deliveries. Increasing journey times means mechanically increasing carriers' tariffs: more time spent, more time billed. And traders will postpone this price on their customers. It's a safe bet that we are experiencing a slight rise in prices.

In conclusion, if this measure is not, by far, the most catastrophic measure of the Macron government, it will have consequences. This is clearly an anti-social and anti-rural measure. To reduce road mortality, we could consider other avenues, more in line with our project: free transit and development of public transport (including in rural areas), development of public services in all territories, decentralization of activity economic, construction and requisition of housing. In short, give the opportunity to do more things close to home: work, heal, send a package, shop ...

Epic (AL Auvergne)

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