• Jun 8, 2006

British SUV owners may return to their parked vehicles only to find a ticket decorating their windshield. But they aren't parking violations, they're shame awareness tickets from an environmental group chiding owners for driving resource-hungry vehicles in cities like London. Advocates say they're warning consumers of the genre's potential effect on future generations, as well as those in the present (read: safety issues).

While hardly at the same level of popularity as their U.S. counterparts, UK SUV ownership has skyrocketed in excess of 40 percent in the last half-decade - this, despite increasingly stiff tax hikes that target the vehicles.

The tactic is hardly new, having been reported around the U.S. for some time, in articles like this August, 2002 New York Times piece.

What do you think about guerilla awareness campaigns like this? Have you ever been on the giving or receiving end of a fake ticket?

[Sources: MotorTorque at AskAPrice.com; Nick M] 



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Eco-friendly SUV's are just around the corner!

      http://www.terragalleria.com/vietnam/picture.viet8027.html

      Not certain how you're going to pull your 24' Sea-Ray though...
      • 8 Years Ago
      They should give tickets to car/trucks with obsolete transmissions. Got a 4 speed automatic, why? It came out in 1939, the 5 speed auto was annouced/introduced 1989. The ZF 6 speed autos have been around for over 3 years, MB has had the 7 speed auto out for about 2 years.
      The torque converter is closed/locked up 90+% of the time with 6/7 speeds.
      ZF's 7 speed does not have a torque converter, it has a wet multiplate clutch like Audi's multitronic did of 6 years ago.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How utterly asinine. Frankly it isn't anyone's business but mine what I drive. If someone wants to drive a little tin can that would lose in a collision with a bicycle, it's fine by me. If I want a serious chunk of steel around me and my family - that's my decision.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Re Carlos,
      what do you mean like how much of the former Soviet Union looks and smells? From my understanding, I haven't ever been there, enforcement of and laws pretaining to the environment are few and far between in Russia.
      Paul
      • 8 Years Ago
      they should only put these on american made suvs. the real damage to the environment is done only by american made cars and trucks because they are so badly made that they hit the junk pile much sooner than the Asian made models.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess some people will never fully understand what a freemarket really is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      After hadning out "tickets' the green people go back home and "mow" their lawns with emission spouting lawn mowers which give off more polutants than cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ah the jealous hippies strike again. Down with the middle classes down with money and greed
      • 8 Years Ago
      What you drive is your choice and actually there is room for all types, large or small. It's a matter of taste and needs.

      That said, driving an SUV 75 to 90% of the time with one person is just plan silly, it costs more, uses more in fuel, resources, money out of your pocket.

      But hey, it's your choice and not a ticketable offense.

      The big problem I have with many SUV drivers is this, they seem isolated, add to that sloppy handling, steering, blind spots and many just become a pain to be around.
      • 8 Years Ago
      People are silly, feeing more strongly about something does not make you more correct. Putting others down to make yourself feel better does for the environment.

      The environmental "activists" are very passionate about saving the earth hugging bunnies etc etc ... (you would be hard pressed to find people who want to destroy the earth) environmentalists are also the least likely to develop a solution.
      Conservation is good and should be encouraged but it alone can not solve our problems.

      If only "activists" put as much effort into research as they do in whining and yelling ...
      A major in underwater basket weaving will not help you design a cleaner engine, a better battery, etc

      You should not be allowed to complain about the way things are unless you have a better alternative.

      There is a difference between protecting the environment and the appearing to protecting the environment.

      Hug an engineer ... you'll never go back to trees.


      • 8 Years Ago
      They used PAPER???
      PAPER???
      Thoe stupid environment-haters...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Reminds me of a South Park episode involving the Prius and Smug. Involves is a bad word. In the episode, Stan's dad was giving out fake tickets to people with non-hybrids.
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