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Freedom is was a car

Drivers under siege from the council that hates cars - Times Online
Freedom is a sports car — or at least that was the definition of freedom when Zoran Jokic was a boy in Tito’s communist Yugoslavia. “Growing up, we didn’t have many freedoms. A car meant so much to me — space, room to breathe.”

Today, Jokic, who runs a delicatessen in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames, at last has a sports car, although he fears it may not be for much longer.

The Liberal Democrat-controlled council in the leafy borough has positioned itself at the vanguard of the new green movement by leading the nation in a drive to tax the drivers of bigger cars off the streets with hefty parking charges, replacing some parking bays with double yellow lines and scrubbing parking spaces and garages from the designs of new apartment and office complexes.

The Liberal Democrat council leaders see themselves as environmental visionaries, although many of their constituents don’t share their vision. Sitting with an espresso and looking out of the window of his shop on Crown Road, Jokic, 42, shakes his head.

“I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but now I live in a borough that takes away another little freedom every day. In this country we are cramped by people and cramped by legislation.


"...scrubbing parking spaces and garages from the designs of new apartment and office complexes."

Just the thing to help with the overcrowded public transport system in London.

Can't wait 'til 2012.... !

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