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Promoting electric cars makes great headlines, but what about the practicalities?

Malcom Bulpitt
16 March 2018

 

Despite all their efforts to implement policy and to plan, build and operate our nation’s transport infrastructure, the planners and politicians involved always seem to forget that there is one immutable issue that will eventually catch-up with them. That is the ‘law of unintended consequences’. 

In transport terms the biggest example of this, and the one that has caused the most disruption to the most people, was the purely political one made in the early 1980s to allow...

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