By counting as a benefit what is actually a cost:
Setting the default speed limit at 20mph in residential roads in Wales will save £100m in the first year alone as deaths and injuries are reduced, according to research.
Hmm, well, maybe, how have they reached this conclusion?
The new research, from the Transport Research Institute (TRI) at Edinburgh Napier University in conjunction with Public Health Wales, says the direct costs of introducing the ban have been estimated at £32m. But it says the savings that will be made in the first year alone are more than three times this because so much less money will be spent on dealing with the aftermath of accidents.
The report adds: “Evidence suggests that the health benefits of 20mph are far, far greater than casualty savings alone. They include increased physical activity, and therefore less obesity, less stress and less anxiety, as well as other health benefits such as reduced noise and air pollution.
“We know from previous studies that 20mph encourages more walking and cycling and in doing so improves cardiorespiratory health, as well as reducing stress and anxiety, thereby improving mental health. With more walking and cycling comes less car use, improving air quality and therefore improving health.”
Ah, they’re counting as a benefit what is actually a cost. So, folk walk more, cycle more. Because they’ve been administratively persuaded – forced – to do so. That’s a cost of these plans. Folk get to do less of what they’d prefer to do – travel by car – and are forced to do more of what they’d prefer not to do – travel by foot and bike.
That’s a cost to folk, not a benefit. Therefore it has to be accounted for as a cost, not a benefit.
Therefore they’re lying toads, aren’t they? But then Taffy and the truth……