ADPD has stated that the policy on transport is lacking a long-term vision for the environment and only looks at the effects on the climate in an artificial manner.
During a media conference in Ħ’Attard, the party’s General Secretary Ralph Cassar argued that at the same time that the government says it will protect farmers and increase open spaces in towns and villages, it is taking over agricultural land and increasing the rhythm of unbridled development.
Whilst admitting it is good for the country to discuss the introduction of electric vehicles, ADPD Chairperson Carmel Cacopardo said this in itself is not enough, as the first requirement is to reduce the number of vehicles from the roads.
Chairperson Cacopardo said the solution to traffic congestion is not road widening or major infrastructural projects. He mentioned the Central Link as an example, saying it is already evident this is attracting more traffic and vehicles to Ħ’Attard, and nothing has been changed in the locality’s narrow roads. Cacopardo criticised the fact that transport policy ignores the causes of the traffic congestion, and instead, is focusing only on the effects, adding that in this way, solutions that appear to have been found will only be temporary.
The ADPD Chairperson put forward a number of proposals, including giving priority to public transport, safe passageways for drivers and iscooters, and a revision of local plans so that traffic caused by unbridled development will not continue to increase.