Switzerland's Green Party has proposed a law banning cars emitting more than 250g/km
8 August 2008

Switzerland’s hatred of the car could be about to move up a notch after the youth section of the country’s Green Party proposed a law to ban all vehicles weighing more than 2.2 tonnes or those emitting more than 250g/km of CO2.

The proposal would outlaw Lamborghini, Ferrari, AMG, M division and most Porsche vehicles in the country that gives us the Geneva motor show every year, leaving only four and six-cylinder cars, and superminis.

Like Californian law, Switzerland’s political system allows any individual to propose a law providing they get a sufficient amount of signatures to support it.

And while it’s only a proposal at present, the idea might no be so far-fetched; Switzerland banned all forms of motorsport in 1955, following a fatal crash at that year’s Le Mans 24 Hours in which 80 spectators were killed, and that law wasn’t relaxed until last year.

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8 August 2008

Quote "Like Californian law, Switzerland’s political system allows any individual to propose a law providing they get a sufficient amount of signatures to support it."

Great when can we have the same law here, then we might get a goverment that listens to the people.

Sorry for being political on the site.

8 August 2008

1955 was the year when motor sport was banned. The Swiss have no motor industry and therefore no national interest in supporting Ferrari et al.

It is not clear how much influence the Youth Wing of the Green Party in Switzerland actually have.

Bart6

8 August 2008

The proposition is soft. Coming from a country with no high mountains I would draw the line at 1800 kg. If Jag are able to build a full size luxury saloon at that weight others also would be if they wanted to.

8 August 2008

Would be interesting to see how the motor industry would react to this. I am not sure how much sway the Swiss have, but would we start to see country specific models or would we all start to see the (?) benefit?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

8 August 2008

Switzerland did not ban "all forms of motorsport" at all. Only motorsport events where cars would compete directly against one and other were banned. Solo, timed events, such as hill climbs continued, or, at least, were allowed to continue.

8 August 2008

What an adolescent sensationalist headline... ...worthy of the News of the World... ...and a load of (as you would say) old cobblers.

Its as if some member of youth wing of the British Communist Party said that Buckingham Palace should be turned into council flats and the story was internationally reported as "British to turf Queen Elizabeth on to the streets"

As someone has already pointed out, the article falsely states that "Switzerland banned all forms of motorsport in 1955."

More Cobblers.

Peter Sauber found his way into building a F1 team from building his own cars to compete in the Swiss hillclimb championship.

...the band was playing Dixie: double-four time...

9 August 2008

There must be more to the story, according to the statement you would probably end up with loads idiots in 2.1 tonne cars emitting 249g/km, can't imagine that is the target.

9 August 2008


"There must be more to the story,..."

Unfortunately, there is less to the story - in fact there is no credible story at all.

The "story" also declares that Switzerland has a "hatred of the motor car". If that is the case, this hatred has not reached the point of allowing its road system to descend into a Baghdad state of disrepair (try finding a pothole in Switzerland), as Britain's seems to have. Nor has it imposed a charge for driving into any of its cities...

...the band was playing Dixie: double-four time...

10 August 2008

And you make better chocolate than us although Toblerone bloody hurts the roof of my mouth. Oh for all that gold under the pavement in Zurich. Where did you get it all Cimardinius ? I mentioned the war once and got away with it (as we say).

10 August 2008

[quote James Read]

And you make better chocolate than us although Toblerone bloody hurts the roof of my mouth. Oh for all that gold under the pavement in Zurich. Where did you get it all Cimardinius ? I mentioned the war once and got away with it (as we say).[/quote]

Green and Blacks and James' of Arran will take the Pepsi challenge with any of the sickly merde Nestle foist on the world and win any day of the week.

My US made Leatherman is way better than any Swiss Army knife I've ever had too, so there.

...and you can keep Phil Collins...

;-)


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