Memorandum by Dr Mary Searle-Chatterjee
I enclose some comments on the White Paper on
Transport. I would like these to be considered by the committee.
While very much appreciating the general drift
of the White Paper, I am concerned that it is not specific enough
about the means of ensuring that good ideas will actually be implemented.
It is not sufficiently clear about who is responsible for what.
What is the role of the police to be in enforcing policies on
parking, speeding and bus lanes? In Manchester little effort is
made to prevent cars parking on a cycle lane on the busiest thoroughfare.
Where is the money coming from to enable the police to enforce
these policies? What would be the time-scale for receipt of it
and for implementation of the policies? Who will monitor their
The present dominance of the car is leading
to the exclusion of human beings from streets and public places.
May I draw to your attention some commendable
aspects of traffic control in Japan. There they have "green
man" pedestrian crossings at almost every junction, however
small, and cyclists share pavements with pedestrians, generally
successfully. In the event of injury to a pedestrian or cyclist,
a motorist is presumed guilty and is often require to contribute
a considerable portion of his salary to the victim for the rest
of his life! The fact that this is unthinkable to us shows the
extent to which the dominance of the motorist has become seen
as natural. This is a very inegalitarian, as well as environmentally
Mary Searle-Chatterjee (Dr)
25 October 1998