Across most of Scotland, access to the use of a private car has become essential. Unless you live in a city, getting about becomes very difficult without using a private vehicle, at least some of the time.
Transport accounts for a quarter of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions, with cars making up almost 40% of transport emissions. – Transport Scotland.
Transport Scotland and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) have produced their plans to reduce car use.
Take a look at the number of cars parked in Kirkwall, especially at Orkney Islands Council’s HQ in School Place.
And remember this international report: Dire Warning About the Consequences of Inaction on Climate Change
Cycling, and especially walking, on Mainland Orkney’s roads is fraught with dangers even with the changes to The Highway Code: New Highway Code rules This becomes even worse when there are increased visitor vehicles on the roads, including mobile homes and tour buses.
The consultation recognises that to some extent, “using cars less may be more challenging for some people in certain geographical locations and those who have certain travel needs such as specific disabilities”.
You can find the consultation here: Consultation on the 20% Reduction in Car Km Route Map
“we aim to understand further the public opinion on the approach taken in the route map; as well as opinion on the potential impacts, and mitigation of said impacts, of the interventions on groups with protected characteristics, island communities, and across socio-economic disparity.”
The consultation closes on 6 April 2022.