Lorries: the final frontier

Wendy Holden seems to inhabit a dream world wherein she would like goods and services to arrive in the shops, factories and homes by some form of Star Trek "beam-me-up machine" ("Why I've no truck with truckers", 26 March). In fact - surprise, surprise - they actually arrive on the back of a lorry.

Holden's astonishing and naive attack on lorries and their drivers seems to collect all sorts of prejudices together, ranging from road safety and illegal immigrants to busy roads and greasy food.

Lorries should, apparently, "be replaced by rail freight".

I suppose Holden does all her shopping at her local railway station. I suppose that she never visits a supermarket or goes to her local high street - which are supplied by lorries. And, naturally, we must clear the roads of these dreadful vehicles so that there is enough room for her in her car.

Geoff Dossetter
Head of External Affairs Freight Transport Association

This article first appeared in the 19 April 1999 issue of the New Statesman, Prepare for a brave new world