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STop/Start on Cars

Many occasions in my long Life, Government have made decisions that I knew instinctively/ or through learning, – were wrong.

But then you say to yourself ‘Well the government have advisers, so they must know what they are talking about.’

Take Deisel cars. I grew up on a garage AND WAS SERVING PETROL AND DEISEL FROM THE AGE OF TEN, AND SO I KNEW HOW CORROSIVE DEISEL WAS.ALSO, at Medical school, We Were told of the danger of diesel particulates hanging around in the air long after a diesel vehicle had gone by. Also, while dissecting Cadavers, we were shown the black lungs of a city dweller and the pink lungs of a country dweller.
So, I knew that when diesel vehicles were being pushed by governments 25 years ago, that the idea didn’t seem scientifically Right to me. Now, my instincts and learning have been proved Right as a result of the ‘VW’ software Scandal cheating the M.O.T.’s on Deisel cars.
So let me state my instincts about Stop/Start cars – which started as another loopy scandanavian idea with Volvos about 30 to 40 years ago :
Starting a car requires a surge to 18 volts from the battery, therefore repeated starts strains the battery and shortens it’s life.
Every time the car is started or re-started it takes in a gulp of fuel and coughs out a gulp of extra exhaust fumes.

I just cannot see the scientific validity behind stop/start cars, and re-starting every time you stop at traffic lights, I find to be extremely annoying.