I don’t know how predictive I was regarding this particular topic but the situation for car owners has certainly gotten worse since I started the trilogy in 2010.
In my books, automobiles are rare–only the most powerful in the OWG, Govicide Agents, get to drive them. Everyone else must take buses or walk. The reason? Many. Government manufactures everything in my books and why should it make cars when it’s Goods and Services that people really want. The Masses would rather have free healthcare than a car. They’d rather have a roof over their head than private transportation. They’d rather receive free food than automobiles. So, the Government makes its decisions according to these desires.
And don’t think that couldn’t happen today. Remember, the Federal Government already has its hooks in two of the three car companies in the USA. Combining that with the Government’s belief that cars create climate change, it’s not hard to imagine a scenario where the Government would shut down all production if it had control of it.
I haven’t even mentioned the insane schemes Government has tried on us in recent years. High speed rail, elevated trains, more public buses. All in an effort to take people’s cars away from them. And don’t think the Federal Government won’t use the black boxes that are now being installed in new cars as a way to take cars away from owners.
One last point, I think in the end big governments hate private vehicles because they show our individualism. And we know how much big government hates that.