09 May 2007
Celebrity green car is declared unsafe - it's official: the G-Wizz is a deathtrap. Oi you, stop sniggering  …link
 
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  1. Hang on a minute… Normally I’d be laughing with glee about environmentalists being made to look foolish, but this sounds like government bullying to me.

    Reva, the Indian company which makes the G-Wiz, did not have to carry out the crash tests which are compulsory for cars because its vehicle is technically defined as a quadricycle.

    So it *does* pass the required safety regulations—just not the same ones as a car has to because, according to the regulations, it’s *not a car*.

    But according to the Transport Minister, the regulations were not designed for “city runabouts that resemble small cars”.  Suddenly it’s important what it *looks* like?

    And now it “may be banned”?

    As long as the seller is not being deceptive, why should there be a problem?  Why can’t the DoT just issue a press release and leave consumers to make up their own minds?  Why should the small Indian company suffer because politicians can’t decide where the goalposts are?

    Posted by Rob Fisher on  17 May 2007 at 05:36 pm

  2. No, Rob, I haven’t abandoned libertarianism.  Of course, people should be able to buy any car they like even if it is a death trap.  Hell, I don’t even think the government has any job carrying out safety tests in the first place.

    It’s just amusing to see different sides of the safety crowd (for that is what environmentalism is) having a go at one another.

    Posted by Patrick Crozier on  17 May 2007 at 09:14 pm

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