4wd cars pardoned in Nijmegen
21 October 2004, AMSTERDAM — Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) can't be barred from parking in Nijmegen, the executive council in the eastern Dutch city decided on Friday.
21 October 2004
AMSTERDAM — Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) can't be barred from parking in Nijmegen, the executive council in the eastern Dutch city decided on Friday.
The mayor and the city's aldermen and alderwomen rejected a call made by a majority of the city council in favour of a parking ban on the four-wheel drive vehicles.
A motion banning vehicles that — exclusive of mirrors — are wider than 1.85m was tabled by councillors of the green-left GroenLinks.
The party claims SUVs damage the environment and are a traffic hazard. "They are status symbols used by show off big earners to go shopping," GroenLinks council chairman Wouter van Eck told newspaper De Volkskrant.
Under the plan, traffic wardens would have been briefed to be on the look out for 15 types of banned SUVs.
He said the fuel-guzzling SUVs are hardly ever used for the off-road terrain purposes they were originally designed for.
The greens decided to take action because they were not happy with the offer by Transport Minister Karla Peijs to commission a study into the vehicles.
Ultimately the greens would like a nationwide ban on SUVs, but for the moment they have settled for an attempt to introduce a local parking ban.
The Dutch Hummer Club told De Volkskrant that it was disappointed SUV owners were being tarred as anti-social. Chairman Arnoud Aalbersberg conceded SUVs were conspicuous vehicles, but he noted so were Porsche sports cars, which were more dangerous.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news