Reusable bags would help save the environment

Readers write about plastic bags, window tinting, ambulances and the device ban

The UAE is a country full of opportunities, but despite its relatively small population, it is quite high on the pollution index.

I have read that Kenya has put a ban on plastic bags in a bid to limit waste. This is a smart step for that developing country.

After the United Kingdom put a small charge on every plastic bag, the number of them being used dropped by more than 85 per cent.

Who hasn’t been in a shop and seen just one item put into a plastic bag? Or received a takeaway from a restaurant and found the bag loaded with countless ketchup packets, tissues, plastic cutlery and so on?

I would like to see a reward system where a certain number of plastic bags returned to the shop would take money off your bill. Or perhaps there could be a pricing strategy that makes people turn towards reusable bags.

While renewable energy is making gains here, the transition will be slow unless people’s habits change.

Let’s protect, safeguard and promote the environment.

B Welling, Dubai

Window tinting is a distraction

I note that along with other regulations, the amount of allowable tint on car windows is to beincreased from 30 to 50 per cent (Seatbelts to become compulsory for all in the UAE, March 23).

The very idea of increasing the window tint allowance is a massive backward step.

And, at the end of the day, no law will make any real difference until there are actual police patrols to punish offenders.

Name withheld by request

Increasing the window tinting is not necessary, except perhaps on the back side windows for some privacy. It is definitely not warranted on the driver or front passenger windows or the front windscreen or rear window.

Drivers of cars with tinting very often don’t see other cars in traffic.

Gail Gordon, UK

In reference to Higher fines for UAE motorists who violate traffic rules (March 23), it's not about the fines.

I have met people who have laughed about having accumulated more than Dh10,000 worth of fines in a year.

The problem is in enforcement. You hardly see police on the roads and they don’t target everyone. Please, put more unmarked cars on the roads and be ruthless.

Scott Winter, Abu Dhabi

My concern is that many people with fast cars can afford the fines, and they also probably have many cars, so vehicle confiscation won’t affect them.

Maybe the fines should be directly related to an individual’s income? And perhaps the individual should be locked up, not the car.

N Majzoub, Dubai

Fast ambulance stuck in traffic?

I refer to New Dubai Ambulance vehicles can reach speeds of 300kph (March 24).

A top speed of 300kph is useless when most motorists don’t give way to an ambulance anyway.

More education and public awareness programmes are needed. John Paravalos, Dubai

For them to can get through the traffic, it will be necessary to dedicate a separate lane.

Mathew Litty, Dubai

In Dubai traffic that ambulance is going nowhere.

Warren Bradbury, Dubai

Device ban will hurt America

Has anybody in the United States considered the amount of income they might lose from the laptop ban (UAE reaffirms its leading position in aviation safety in wake of electronics ban, March 25)?

It will affect both the leisure travel sector and business.

Thousands of potential tourists may seek alternative destinations, costing the country’s hospitality industries millions of dollars and, potentially, consequential job losses.

Business meetings will be affected, and attendances at trade fairs, such as the Offshore Technologies Conference in Houston, will be diminished.

What is the answer?

The main carriers affected can mitigate the damage by upgrading the facilities on their aircraft, which are already fairly comprehensive.

Passengers’ files could be loaded onto memory sticks which would enable them to do their work or enjoy their entertainment.

While this may not be as effective as having your own device, it is a reasonable compromise.

Jeremy P Weeks, Abu Dhabi