The New Forest National Park is considering following a Dartmoor trial to reduce pony road deaths Some say car-centric societies will do anything in the name of road safety apart from tackle the dominance of the motor car – even if that means daubing ponies with hi-vis paint.
Those seeking further evidence of this could do worse than look to the New Forest, where the latest attempt to stop so many of its famous ponies being hit by cars is to paint them with fluorescent, glow-in-the-dark paint so drivers can better see them at night.
If the scheme trial goes ahead the New Forest will be following in the footsteps of Dartmoor, whose eponymous ponies were painted with blue and yellow stripes after almost 80 died in crashes last year. In the New Forest the pony death toll is similarly high.
However, as the Daily Echo (link is external) notes, there are major hurdles to be overcome before the Dartmoor scheme starts looking viable long-term, namely that the paint fades quickly and must be reapplied every three or four days.
Last year a similar product was launched for cyclists. LifePaint, a reflective substance produced by car manufacturer Volvo, was introduced to help […]