Like most motorists, I’ve only ever driven past those dreaded roadside speed camera vans. Today I was on foot, and as I passed, noticed the van’s engine was running. I’m not sure how long the van had been in place, but it was there for at least 15 minutes as I walked up to and past it, so it wasn’t as if it had just arrived. I can only assume the operator wanted to keep warm. And I suppose in summer the engine is running to keep the operator cool. But at what cost? I know these ‘safety’ devices also bring in a whole swag of revenue, but at $1.60 a litre for fuel, how much petrol are these vans going through? And at what environmental cost. Not to mention the wear and tear on the van’s engine, just sitting there for hours on end.
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