This list details when ABD spokesmen have appeared on TV and Radio during 2008, and when the ABD has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles.
Dates are given in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
Magazine dates refer to cover date not publication date, which is generally an absurd number of weeks earlier.
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      Date       Media Details
2008-12-31 Kentish Gazette
The ABD`s response to Cantebury council`s parking consultation.
2008-12-30 Lancashire Evening Post
Hugh Bladon quoted on speed limiters.
2008-12-30 BBC Radio CWR (Coventry)
Nigel Humphries on 'intelligent' speed limiters.
2008-12-30 BBC Radio Leeds
Nigel Humphries discussing Linda Lusardi calling 999 to ask if she could use the hard shoulder as she was late for a performance in High Wycombe.
Nigel said he was surprised she didn't get a full police escort as they would be queueing up.....
He then mentioned a similar Richard and Judy incident and went on to discuss hard shoulder running — he made some points about what was happening on M42 and suggested that the law should be changed to allow people to use the hard shoulder, when the motorway was congested, subject to a 30mph limit to leave the motorway at the next exit as soon as they passed the 1 mile junction sign.
2008-12-30 BBC Radio 5 Live
Hugh Bladon on the fact that 2 out of 5 speed cameras around the country are not operational.
Hugh said they were still a distraction and talked about the stupidity of removing police from the roads and replacing them with cameras because it is not how fast people drive (within reason) but how they drive. He said that over 6000 cameras and a countryside plastered with ugly signs had done nothing for road safety.
2008-12-29 Norwich Evening News
ABD spokesman quoted on a new speed camera in Norwich.
2008-12-24 Kentish Express
Letter from Ian Taylor criticising Ashford`s shared space scheme.
2008-12-23 The Argus (Brighton)
Hugh Bladon on a motorcyclist who proved in court that a Gatso speed camera on Ditching Road in Brighton was inaccurate, and thus its evidence was unreliable.
2008-12-21 News of the World
Hugh Bladon on ministers parking fines costing about a £1,000 per month.
(These are fines where an official ministerial car has been parked 'illegally' due to security concerns. You'd think someone would just give ministerial cars immunity from such fines — as diplomats have — so it wouldn't cost the public any money, but that would require the government to understand a concept called 'common sense'. Then again, if said ministers hadn't made parking so difficult they wouldn't have a problem.)
2008-12-18 Kentish Express
Letter from Terry Hudson criticising Ashford`s shared space scheme.
2008-12-17 Your Dover
The ABD`s response to Dover`s parking consultation.
2008-12-17 Bexley Times
Roger Lawson on the proposed Olympic Route Network (ORN).
2008-12-15 BBC Radio Bristol
Hugh Bladon on congestion charging.
Hugh said that the idea was now dead, and nobody except those who would make money out of it, wanted it.
2008-12-15 BBC Radio Devon
Hugh Bladon on wide area SPECS.
Hugh talked about the absurdity of concentrating purely on the speed people drive rather than how they drive and replacing our police with 6000 cameras, fining millions for doing nothing dangerous.
2008-12-14 Auto Express
ABD quoted in an article about the pulling of a TV ad promoting the Manchester Congestion charge.
2008-12-13 The Sentinel (Stoke on Trent)
Paul Biggs quoted on the Manchester Congestion Charge no vote.
2008-12-13 thenewspaper.com (USA)
Nigel Humphries quoted on the demise of the Manchester Congestion charge.
2008-12-13 Daily Echo (Southampton)
Hugh Bladon quoted on plans to impose Olympic-only lanes on the M3 and M27 during the Olympic Games in 2012.
2008-12-12 BBC Radio 5 Live
Nigel Humphries debating the result of the Manchester Congestion Charge vote with some environment type.
2008-12-12 EVO
Nigel Humphries quoted on the vote against the Manchester Congestion Charge
2008-12-11 BBC Three Counties Radio
Hugh Bladon on the suggestion that the drink drive limit should be reduced to zero.
Hugh poured scorn on the idea (pointing out that he was a lifetime teetotaller) and that the effects of drink only start to come in once the level of 90 was reached and all sorts of people would get into trouble in the morning when they were virtually stone cold sober or even after eating sherry trifle. Also that we needed to target the people massively over the present limit who were the real trouble.
2008-12-11 BBC Radio Berkshire
ABD Spokesman on 20mph limits. They also interviewed a Newcastle councillor who was very much in favour.
Our spokesman said the '5% killed at 20mph' argument was offensive and quoted 15,000 child pedestrian injuries with 5% killed being a tenfold increase in child pedestrian deaths from the current 50 a year — this is what would happen with 20mph limits enforced by average speed cameras. He added that speed limits should be about the speed at which an attentive driver could avoid a child, not about what speed it was acceptable to mow them down.
He also pointed out that bus routes were excluded from the scheme in Newcastle so it was OK for children to be hit by buses at 30mph but not cars.
2008-12-10 The Herald (Scotland)
Bruce Young on Police using bluetooth technology to remind people not to drink and drive.
2008-12-09 Express & Star (West Mids)
Hugh Bladon quoted on the 5th anniversary of the M6 Toll road.
2008-12-06 Birmingham Mail
Brian Gregory on Vehicle Activated Signs being installed in Birmingham instead of speed cameras.
2008-12-05 Traffic Technology Today Coverage of our PR649 on 'eco' driving.
2008-12-05 Talk 107 (Edinburgh) Nigel Humphries on the over 60s getting more than their fair share of speeding tickets.
2008-11-26 Bristol
Public Meeting to discuss Bristol City Council's anti-car policies, hosted by Bob Bull.
2008-11-26 BBC Three Counties Radio
Nigel Humphries on "should cyclists have to take a test"?
Nigel said that it was desirable but impractical to licence cyclists, but that the cycling proficiency test was desirable especially for children and should be 100% implemented. He went on to criticise self-righteous cyclists who had rung in outraged that anyone could suggest such a thing — saying "Mr Toad is a cyclist these days".
2008-11-26 BBC Radio Bristol
Bob Bull and Hugh Bladon on Bristol City Council's anti-car policies and a meeting that night to discuss what can be done.
2008-11-25 Bristol IAM
Presentation on road safety and speed cameras by Idris Francis.
2008-11-25 The Independent
Nigel Humphries quoted on budget changes to VED, VAT and Fuel Tax.
2008-11-24 Daily Mail
Nigel Humphries quoted on the latest surge of 'community speed watch' do-gooders.
2008-11-24 BBC Radio 5 Live
Hugh Bladon on the 'community speed watch' do-gooders.
2008-11-21 BBC CWR (Coventry)
Nigel Humphries on new speeding penalties.
Nigel said that artifically lowered speed limits were simply wrong and should not be there, he attacked Warkwickshire County Council for limit reductions and said that normal progress was being criminalised.
2008-11-21 BBC Radio Stoke
Hugh Bladon on proposed new penalties for speeding, and driving under the influence of drink/drugs.
2008-11-20 The Wright Stuff (Ch Five)
ABD mentioned several times in a debate about the new speeding penalties.
2008-11-20 BBC Radio Northampton
Keith Peat on proposed new speeding penalties.
2008-11-20 Sky News
Hugh Bladon on proposed new speeding penalties.
2008-11-20 West London Gazette
Letter from Brian Mooney backing Boris Johnson on removing road humps because of their effect on ambulances and suspensions.
2008-11-20 Mirror
Nigel Humphries the government's proposals to make speeding penalties even more severe.
2008-11-18 BBC Three Counties Radio
Nigel Humphries on men and women drivers.
Nigel expounded on the real cause of accidents — misjudgement (more likely by men) and inattention (more likely by women), and was accused by the presenter of sitting on the fence :-)
2008-11-18 City Talk FM (Liverpool)
Nigel Humphries on drivers v cyclists.
Nigel explained who the ABD are and attacked speed cameras; he said that we didnt mind cyclists breaking the odd rule, but they had to take responsibility. He also demanded a level playing field — i.e. cyclists who kill should be treated the same as motorists.
2008-11-17 The Times
Nigel Humphries quoted in an article describing how the government is trying to bully Manchester into adopting a congestion charge.
2008-11-14 Kent Messenger
Brian MacDowall quoted on the 50% increase in the tolls at the Dartford Crossing.
2008-11-12 Talk 107
Nigel Humphries on a device that warns other drivers of speed traps.
Nigel spoke about the history of warning about speed traps, from 'obstruction of the police' to camera partnerships telling people the schedule for their vans.
2008-11-12 BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
Nigel Humphries on the SPECS cameras on the A14.
2008-11-11 Gulf Times (Qatar)
Nigel Humphries quoted in an article about average speed cameras in Britain.
2008-11-11 Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Nigel Humphries quoted on average speed cameras.
2008-11-09 Sunday Telegraph
Nigel Humphries quoted on proposals to increase the use of average speed cameras.
2008-11-07 Bristol Evening Post
Bob Bull quoted on Bristol's anti-car policies, with details of a forthcoming public meeting.
2008-11-06 Middleton Guardian
Sean Corker and others featured in an article about campaigning against the Manchester Congestion Charge.
2008-11-03 Manchester Evening News
Sean Corker quoted in an article about the campaign against the Manchester Congestion Charge.
2008-11-02 Daily Telegraph
ABD quoted in an article about the 400 drivers per month done by SPECS cameras in roadworks on the M1 in Hertfordshire.
2008-10-30 BBC Radio Wales
Nigel Humphries on a lunatic idea to toll motorway hard shoulders.
Nigel said that hard shoulder running was acceptable but highlighted the dangers of trucks hitting broken down vehicles and said that all the stuff on the M42 was overkill — all that was needed was a 30 limit on the hard shoulder for people leaving at the next exit. He then trashed the idea of tolling it saying this would cause chaos as through traffic would be speeding up the hard shoulder while people were queuing for the junctions in lane 1. He used the M6 toll as an example of how tolling doesn't work when people have a choice.
2008-10-28 Diverse FM (Luton)
Brian Mooney on BP's quarterly profits figure.
Emphasised that the price at the pumps was more a reflection of the tax take — at least 60p in the £. Criticised the hypocrisy in the government's charm offensive e.g. Brown calling for retailers to cut prices, which often give them small margins. Slated 'alternative fuel hype', noting that the biofuel obligation had resulted in food prices increasing and repair bills for diesel vehicles.
2008-10-28 Daily Express
Hugh Bladon quoted on profits by BP.
Hugh put the blame for fuel prices squarely at the PM's door pointing out that tax represents 60% of the cost.
2008-10-27 Glasgow Herald
Hugh Bladon on the increase in the driving test fee (up from £56 - £63).
Hugh said that at least this is a one off (assuming you pass first time) cost whereas the real problem is the excessive taxation on fuel which was outrageous, and he was not surprised that anything to do with the government would be increased by 12%.
2008-10-24 BBC Three Counties Radio
Nigel Humphries on Swindon Council withdrawing from the speed camera partnership.
Nigel spoke up for abolition robustly on the grounds that cameras catch safe drivers, encourage the reduction of limits which criminalises reasonable behaviour and undermine the law, which is a two way street — citizens have a duty to comply but the authorities have an equal obligation to apply sensible laws. Meanwhile cameras don't target dangerous drivers as they are either illegal and untraceable or know how to avoid cameras, which are sited to catch large numbers not to tackle dangerous drivers.
2008-10-24 BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (x2)
Hugh Bladon talking about an OPEC meeting to discuss oil prices and the cost of fuel.
2008-10-24 Daily Express
Brian Gregory on Swindon Council withdrawing from the speed camera partnership.
2008-10-24 BBC Radio Wales
BBC Radio Leicester
BBC Radio Swindon
Sky News webchat
∎ Manchester Evening News
Hugh Bladon on Swindon Council withdrawing from the speed camera partnership.
2008-10-23 Eastern Daily Press Nigel Humphries quoted on widespread SPECS cameras.
2008-10-22 Kent Highways Services Presentation by Terry Hudson, Brian MacDowall, and Ian Taylor, showing how Kent Highways are chasing the wrong priorities.
2008-10-21 British Removals Association
   (Kent Branch)
Presentation by Terry Hudson, Brian MacDowall, and Ian Taylor, about issues affecting drivers.
2008-10-17 Edinburgh Evening News Bruce Young quoted on car usage and the economic crisis.
2008-10-17 The Sentinel Paul Biggs quoted on the price of fuel.
2008-10-16 BBC Three Counties Radio Nigel Humphries on roadside shrines.
2008-10-15 The Scotsman Peter Spinney quoted on the problem of jaywalking in Glasgow.
2008-10-15 BBC Three Counties Radio Hugh Bladon on congestion.
2008-10-15 National Transport Conference
   (London)
Presentation by Roger Lawson — “Why We Should Encourage Travel, Stop Discrimination Against Car Ownership and Build More Roads”.
2008-10-15 thenewspaper.com Brian Gregory quoted on the speed camera crash video that the BBC refuse to release.
2008-10-13 The Scotsman Bruce Young on plans to install yet more expensive electronic signs on Scottish motorways to be used to send messages such as "Slow Down, Save Fuel" to drivers.
2008-10-13 Leicester Mercury Nigel Humphries quoted in a story about 10% of drivers caught by speed cameras in Leicestershire never being traced.
2008-10-13 ∎ Edinburgh Evening News Hugh Bladon quoted on average speed cameras.
2008-10-13 BBC Radio Leeds Nigel Humphries on Speed Awareness Courses.
Nigel said that we supported better driver training but the wrong people were being selected because most camera victims were not driving unsafely in any way.
2008-10-11 Hull Daily Mail Nigel Humphries quoted regarding proposed increases to tolls on the Humber Bridge.
2008-10-10 BBC Three Counties Radio
Daily Star
Mirror
Brian Gregory on widespread average speed cameras.
2008-10-09 BBC News Nigel Humphries quoted on area wide SPECS cameras.
2008-10-07 BBC Radio Cumbria Hugh Baldon on the drink drive limit, following our PR638.
2008-09-30 The Scotsman Bruce Young quoted on a survey about how much drivers observe the government's car seat belt laws relating to children.
2008-09-28 Lancashire Telegraph Hugh Bladon on a doubling of the number of speed camera van operating sites in East Lancashire.
2008-09-23 Daily Telegraph Hugh Bladon on doctors being forced to tell the DVLA if they think a patient is unfit to drive.
2008-09-20 Edinburgh Evening News Bruce Young on plans to use Edinburgh's planned tram system as an excuse to further restrict car use.
2008-09-18 Portsmouth News Keith Peat on speed limit reductions in Hampshire.
2008-09-16 Daily Express Roger Lawson quoted on government plans to introduce 'voluntary' speed limiters for cars.
2008-09-16 BBC Radio WM Paul Biggs on seat belts, and petrol prices.
2008-09-15 Daily Express
Daily Star
∎ Mirror
Brian MacDowall on average speed cameras.
2008-09-15 ∎ Daily Telegraph
PR Inside
Brian MacDowall on police keeping ANPR records recording where you have driven for 5 years. Welcome to the Police State.
2008-09-14 The Times ABD spokesman quoted on plans for more average speed cameras.
2008-09-11 BBC Radio Northampton Nigel Humphries on parking — should car parks be free or jacked up to deter car use?.
Nigel said that onstreet charging was totally unavcceptable as we had all paid our taxes. Charges for off street were ok so long as people had a choice. Said that punitive parking regimes just forced business out of town centres into places where public transport was not an option and so was self defeating.
2008-09-11 BBC Three Counties Radio Nigel Humphries on retesting of drivers.
Nigel said we were in favour of further training/testing like making pass plus compulsory but not of retaking the driving test which is of little value for experienced drivers. Talked about the BBC driving test for company vehicles which the presenter Jonathan Vernon Smith had just done and said that sounded great but I didn`t trust the dead hand of government not to turn it into a nightmare that banned thousands of drivers from the road because they didn`t hold the wheel at ten to two!
2008-09-11 Daily Telegraph ABD spokesman quoted on £1000 fines for out of date photocard licences.
2008-09-11 Milngarvie Herald Peter Spinney quoted on dangers posed by a new roundabout in Glasgow.
2008-09-10 Edinburgh Evening News Bruce Young quoted on an unsuccessful attempt by driver Leanne Cochrane to prove that no entry signs in Cowgate, Edinburgh, were illegal.
2008-09-09 The Sentinel (Stoke on Trent) Paul Biggs quoted on the 'Camera Killer' internet game .
2008-08-28 BBC Radio Northampton Nigel Humphries on green taxes.
Nigel said they were a rip off and a distraction — the Government were conning us and themselves by raising green taxes and pretending they were the solution to everything — meanwhile there was no strategic energy policy and here we were dependent on imported gas.
Nigel also quoted fuel duty as being 5 times Stern's calculation, and slated public transport outside city centres as inefficient, using the example of a London bus doing 5mpg for 14 people vs car doing 50mpg for 1.4 people. He finished by saying they taxed us 45bn and spent 8bn on transport!
2008-08-28 BBC TV News London Roger Lawson on traffic congestion reducing in London because of the higher cost of fuel cost, and the recession.
2008-08-28 LBC (London) Roger Lawson taking to Nick Ferrari about Essex Police's use of a helicopter to catch drivers & motorcyclists breaking the speed limit.
2008-08-28
13:40
BBC Radio Essex Nigel Humphries on Essex Police using a helicopter to catch drivers & motorcyclists breaking the speed limit.
By this time (c.f. R.Kent below) the police had very much changed their tune and were talking about dangerous driving — speed wasn't mentioned at all! Nigel said we had much less problem with targeting dangerous drivers but every issue with a flying speed camera.
He said that putting notices up warning of helicopter surveiilance was distracting if it was about speed as you can't help breaking the limit and people would be watching for the helicopter not the road; but if it was about dangerous driving it might be positive.
Also said they should tell us why the crashes on the road happened and not keep it secret — used the A12 as an example where the EADT forced the causation details out of them and none of the accidents used to justify a camera was speed related.
2008-08-28
07:00
BBC Radio Kent Nigel Humphries on Essex Police using a helicopter to catch drivers & motorcyclists breaking the speed limit.
2008-08-26 Derby Evening Telegraph Roger Lawson quoted on unmarked speed camera vans being used by Derbyshire Police.
YouTube video of one on the A57
2008-08-22 Safety & Health Practioner Nigel Humphries on the new laws that threaten drivers with upto 5 years imprisonment for causing death by careless driving.
2008-08-21 ∎ Kentish Gazette Letter from Brain MacDowall about speed cameras in Kent.
2008-08-21 ∎ Dover Express
∎ Folkestone Herald
Letter from Ian Taylor about speed cameras in Kent.
2008-08-18 Express & Star (West Mids) Paul Biggs on 3,500 police crashes in the West Midlands over the last 5 years.
2008-08-18 Daily Mail
The Journal (North East)
∎ Metro
Hugh Bladon quoted on an insane idea by Northumbria Police to allow people to anonymously inform the police of any car they thought was 'speeding'.
2008-08-18 Herald Express (South Devon) ABD Spokesman quoted on fines from speed cameras increasing by more than 75% in the last decade.
2008-08-15 BBC Radio Leicester Hugh Bladon on distraction.
Hugh said that the important thing is that the new law contains the word 'avoidable'. Thus, if you are distracted by something which was not within your power, the law should not apply. If a wasp flies through the window, that would be unavoidable but dropping a fag end into your lap may well be avoidable. I said that with this new law perhaps it was time to review the over-the-top law on mobile phones, as it was absurd that you could be 'done' if you were in a layby but still had the engine running. Also that it was stupid not to be able to make a call if you were sitting stuck in a traffic jam because of a pile-up on the motorway.
2008-08-15 Sunderland Echo Nigel Humphries quoted on speed cameras.
2008-08-15 BBC Three Counties Radio Nigel Humphries on distraction.
Nigel said distraction was a complex thing — some couldn't concentrate with background music, whilst some couldn't work without it. That's why banning specific things was a bad idea and the focus should be on the police targeting those showing evidence of distraction.
2008-08-14 BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Hugh Bladon on a driver killed after driving the wrong way on the A14.
2008-08-12 Birmingham Mail Nigel Humphries quoted on petrol prices coming down in the West Midlands.
2008-08-10 Daily Telegraph Roger Lawson quoted on Tim Yeo MP using his casting vote on a select committee to support the government's VED increases, whilst being a non executive chairman of a company that makes low emission cars, and receiving £40k per year from them.
2008-08-08 Lancashire Evening Post Brian MacDowall quoted on the proposed Manchester Con Charge.
2008-08-06 Blackpool Gazette Hugh Bladon quoted on speed camera fines in Lancashire increasing three fold over the last decade.
2008-08-06 Evening Post Hugh Bladon quoted on speed camera fines in Bristol increasing eleven fold over the last decade, whilst accidents have actually gone up.
2008-08-06 Daily Post ABD spokesman quoted on speed camera fines in North Wales increasing ten fold over the last decade.
2008-08-06 Linclonshire Echo Keith Peat quoted on speed cameras in Lincolnshire making £4000 per day.
2008-08-06 Look North, BBC TV Keith Peat on speed cameras in Lincolnshire making £4000 per day.
2008-08-06 BBC Radio London Nigel Humphries discussing speed cameras with Kevin Clinton of RoSPA who thinks they are a good thing.
2008-08-04 Daily Dispatch (South Africa) Coverage of our speed hump page.
2008-08-01 Evening Post (Bristol) Hugh Bladon quoted on petrol prices.
2008-08 Freedom Today [pdf] Article by Brian Mooney on how the government and the EU are making life tough for drivers.
2008-07-31 Express & Star (West Mids) Paul Biggs quoted on the case of a driving instructor who took a test for a friend.
2008-07-30 BBC Three Counties Radio Nigel Humphries on metrication.
Nigel warned of mission creep with proposals from some to keep the speed limit signs as they are but make them kph not mph.
2008-07-29 BBC Radio Northampton Hugh Bladon discussing BP's profits and the government's excessive taxation.
2008-07-26 BBC Radio 5 Live Keith Peat discussing an elderly woman who had driven 8 miles on the wrong carriageway of the A14.
2008-07-24 Aberdeen Evening Express Hugh Bladon quoted on plans to double the number of speed camera vans in the Grampian Police area.
2008-07-24 Edinburgh Evening News Article by Bruce Young on Edinburgh City Council's proposed discriminatory parking charges.
2008-07-23 Auto Express ABD spokesman quoted on the risks of Google's 3D software allowing criminals to target cars.
2008-07-23 Edinburgh Evening News Bruce Young quoted on proposals to introduce discriminatory parking charges to Edinburgh.
2008-07-22 Blackpool Gazette Nigel Humphries quoted on the speed camera postcode lottery.
2008-07-22 Bucks Free Press Keith Peat quoted on the speed camera postcode lottery.
2008-07-22 Talk 107 (Edinburgh) Nigel Humphries discussing plans for CO2-based parking schemes in Edinburgh.
2008-07-20 News of the World Nigel Humphries quoted on how the likelyhood of getting a speed camera ticket depends on where you live.
2008-07-18 Talk 107 (Edinburgh) Nigel Humphries discussing the £20 million raised each year through speeding and parking fines.
2008-07-17 ∎ Daily Express Nigel Humphries quoted on proposed toll lanes on the M3 and M4 into London.
2008-07-17 ∎ Daily Express Keith Peat quoted on emergency vehicle response times.
2008-07-16 Birmingham Mail Nigel Humphries quoted on hard shoulder running.
2008-07-16 BBC Radio Leicester
BBC Three Counties Radio
Nigel Humphries on speed cameras.
2008-07-16 Portsmouth News
Nigel Humphries quoted on the news that Portsmouth Council are also considering withdrawing from the speed camera partnership.
2008-07-16 Daily Express
Hugh Bladon on speed cameras.
2008-07-15 Edinburgh Evening News
Bruce Young quoted in an article about `green` cars.
2008-07-15 BBC Radio Northampton
∎ Portsmouth News
∎ Washington Post (USA)
Nigel Humphries on Swindon's decision to pull out of the speed camera partnership.
2008-07-15 BBC Radio London
Nigel Humphries talking to Vanessa Feltz about Swindon's decision to pull out of the speed camera partnership.
2008-07-14 Edinburgh Evening News
Bruce Young quoted in an article about road safety concerns for teenage drivers.
2008-07-14 Edinburgh Evening News
Bruce Young quoted in an article about police sending suspected drink drivers a letter.
2008-07-13 Lancashire Evening Post
Hugh Bladon demands to know why a speed camera technician who falsified evidence has not been prosecuted.
2008-07-11 ∎ West London Gazette
Brian Mooney interviewed on local parking fines, and the need to rethink parking restrictions.
2008-07-11 Lancashire Evening Post
Hugh Bladon quoted on the paper's calculation that there will be as many as 3500 different VED levels.
2008-07-10 Sky News
Brian Mooney discussing the government's intention to impose new VED rates on existing vehicles.
2008-07-09 BBC News
Hugh Bladon quoted on cyclists ignoring the rules of the road.
2008-07-08 Daily Telegraph
Nigel Humphries quoted on Gordon Brown`s latest departure from reality by suggesting we should all drive electric cars.
2008-07-04 Daily Express
Hugh Bladon quoted on drivers being forced to pay more than their fair share of taxes.
2008-07-01 Daily Express
Roger Lawson quoted on police being given targets to catch drivers.
2008-06-30 Lancashire Evening Post
Hugh Bladon quoted on fuel thefts.
2008-06-30 Portsmouth News
Hugh Bladon quoted on Hampshire Police traffic officers being given a target to catch 5 people speeding per month.
2008-06-29 Plymouth Evening Herald
Hugh Bladon quoted on council parking charges.
2008-06-29 Kent On Sunday
Brian Macdowall quoted on an increase in thefts of fuel.
2008-06-27 BBC Radio 5 Live
Nigel Humphries on calls to make hands-free use of mobile phones in cars illegal following a trucker who had been jailed for crashing into a line of traffic when talking on hands free.
Nigel said that this vindicated the ABD's view that the existing law banning hand held phones was a bad law as holding the phone was the least of all potential mobile phone hazards well behind dialling/texting and being distracted by the conversation.
He said that banning hands-free talk was ridiculous as you can`t legislate for distraction and you are much better off targeting the results of distraction with police. Also that talking on the phone was unlikely to cause sufficient distraction to cause someone to drive into a queue of traffic.
2008-06-27 BBC Radio 5 Live
  (Victoria Derbyshire show)
Keith Peat on a lorry driver imprisoned for 4½ years after crashing into stationary vehicles whilst using a mobile phone, killing one person and seriously injuring others.
Keith was responding to a proposal by RoSPA to ban hands free mobile phone use as well.
He said the ABD is against additional and pointless micro management law when we already have adequate laws in place. He pointed out that the driver got 4½ years under existing law — what more of a deterrent can there be?
Keith, a retired police traffic officer, then asked how were the police to police it unless people have red revolving lights on their cars when they are on the phone? And said that the hand held law wasn't even being effectively administered let alone an activity that no-one knows you are doing.
2008-06-25 Edinburgh Evening News
Bruce Young quoted on a fuel protest by motorcyclists.
2008-06-23 ∎ Western Morning News
Hugh Bladon quoted on the cost of fuel.
Responding to Alisdair Darling's statement that it was essential to find an alternative and cheaper fuel, Hugh said that this just showed how out of touch the man is with reality. Most, if not all, the people living on low wages or fixed incomes (being retired) would be long dead before such a fuel was found. Hugh said that because his predecessor has spent every penny buying votes the country had no money left and he was desperately finding money wherever he can, mainly from the motorist. He could relieve the problem by reducing the fuel tax by 10p and would be no worse off than he was before the price shot up.
2008-06-23 The Sun
ABD Spokesman calls on the PM to cut fuel tax.
2008-06-19 Coventry Telegraph
Paul Biggs offering a sensible perspective on GPS navigation devices.
2008-06-18 BBC Radio Leeds
Nigel Humphries on the fuel protest by truckers.
2008-06-17 Daily Star
Brian Gregory quoted on a Devon petrol station charging £2 a litre for petrol and diesel.
2008-06-16 The Times
Brian Gregory quoted on Westminster council trialing parking fees as low as 20p per hour, because the congestion charge is keeping people out of the city, reducing council parking revenue and hurting businesses.
2008-06-12 Press Democrat
  (Santa Rosa, California)
Roger Lawson quoted on fuel tax in Britain.
2008-06-11 LBC Radio Nigel Humphries on fuel saving tips.
2008-06-11 BBC Radio Leeds Nigel Humphries asked about the tanker driver's strike.
Nigel attacked taxation and reinforced the essential nature of car use. What were people to do? Move house closer to work? What a joke with stamp duty and the current state of the market!
2008-06-11 BBC Three Counties Radio Nigel Humphries on speed limits.
Nigel rigously defended the 85th percentile method of speed limit setting, and described how councils had destroyed the effectiveness of speed limits by knee jerk nonsense in arbitrarily reducing them.
2008-06-11 Western Mail Nigel Humphries quoted on a proposal to introduce 20mph speed limits outside all schools in Wales.
2008-06-10 Talk 107 (Edinburgh) Keith Peat on congestion charging and taxes imposed upon drivers.
2008-06-10 Mirror Brian Gregory quoted on the Manchester Congestion Charge plans.
2008-06-09 BBC Radio Northampton Nigel Humphries on congestion charging.
2008-06-06 Daily Express Brian Gregory quoted on the high level of fuel taxation in Britain compared to the USA.
2008-06-04 ∎ Evening Standard (London) Brian Mooney quoted on on the case for abolishing the hyped congestion charge as it has not delivered the benefits claimed.
2008-06-04 Manchester Evening News Sean Corker quoted on the state of our roads.
2008-06-04 BBC Radio 2 Brian Mooney discussing a plan by the London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to allow cyclists to ride the wrong way down one way streets.
2008-06-04 Daily Telegraph
∎ Daily Express
Hugh Bladon quoted on the state of British roads.
2008-06-03 Mirror Brian Gregory quoted following our PR624 on fuel tax.
2008-06-01 Daily Telegraph Nigel Humphries quoted on the latest idocy from the EU affecting breakdown recovery services.
2008-05-29 Brighton radio station Hugh Bladon interviewed about Sussex Police planning to install 200 more speed cameras.
2008-05-29 Flintshire Standard ABD spokesman quoted on North Wales Police hiding a speed camera in a horse box, in an article about new police bikes.
2008-05-29 Friction TV [Video] Roger Lawson discusses The Government`s new 'green' vehicle taxes. He states that the increase in vehicle excise duty is unreasonable and just another way for the chancellor to raise extra funds because he's short on cash.
2008-05-29 New Civil Engineer Roger Lawson wrote an article about road pricing.
2008-05-29 The Bridge
  (Stourbridge 102.5 FM)
Nigel Humphries on oil prices and global warming.
2008-05-28 Daily Express Extracts from our press release 623 included in front page article on fuel tax.
2008-05-28 Daily Star Nigel Humphries quoted on fuel tax following our press release 623.
2008-05-28 Lancashire Evening Post ABD spokesman quoted on police apparently making a profit from speed awareness courses.
2008-05-27 BBC Radio 4 Nigel Humphries discussing road pricing.
2008-05-27 Daily Telegraph Hugh Bladon responds matter-of-factly to environment minister's nonsensical statement.
2008-05-27 Crain's Manchester Business Keith Peat quoted following our CURACAO press release.
2008-05-22 Southern Daily Echo Nigel Humphries quoted on fuel prices.
2008-05-22 Daily Express Robin Simmons quoted on rising fuel prices.
2008-05-21 BBC Three Counties Radio Brian Gregory on police closing the M1 for 6 hours after a hit and run accident.
2008-05-17 Daily Telegraph Hugh Bladon quoted on government plans to introduce penalty points for not wearing a seat belt.
2008-05-15 Metro Hugh Bladon quoted on the planned 2p hike in fuel duty.
2008-05-14 Portsmouth News Hugh Bladon quoted on a huge increase in the number of parking tickets issued in Fareham.
2008-05-09 Lancashire Evening Post Nigel Humphries quoted on the number of speed cameras, and falling police numbers, in Lancashire.
2008-05-06 The Times Nigel Humphries quoted on Manchester`s congestion charging champion, Roger Jones, being booted out of office by voters.
2008-05-05 The Sentinel (Stoke on Trent) Paul Biggs quoted on fuel prices.
2008-05-05 Daily Mail Brian Gregory quoted on Derbyshire`s disguised speed camera van.
2008-05-02 Daily Post (North Wales) Hugh Bladon quoted on using mobile phones whilst driving.
2008-05-02 Local Transport Today Interview with Nigel Humphries and Malcolm Heymer.
2008-04-30 Bexley Times ABD mentioned in article about calls for scrapping of the Dartford crossing tolls.
2008-04-30 BBC Radio 5 Live Nigel Humphries on the secret backdating of VED increases.
2008-04-30 The Times (front page) Coverage of our PR617 on the secret backdating of VED increases.
2008-04-29 Edinburgh Evening News Bruce Young quoted on the road repair budget in Edinburgh.
2008-04-25 Lancashire Evening Post Hugh Bladon quoted on calls for a new motorway junction north of Preston.
2008-04-23 Daily Express
Edinburgh Evening News
London Daily News
Mirror
Hugh Bladon quoted on how councils rip off motorists with parking charges.
2008-04-22 Talk 107 (Edinburgh) Nigel Humphries on six point fixed penalties.
Nigel explained how they were bringing this in simply to make it easier to give six points out.
2008-04-22 Metro Hugh Bladon quoted on the cost of parking.
2008-04-19 Talk 107 (Edinburgh) Hugh Bladon on speed and cameras.
2008-04-18 LBC Radio (London) Brian Mooney talked to Nick Ferrari about the Islington CCTV camera that raked in over a million pounds in one year. (Press)
Brian said he might support restraints where there was a genuine road safety consideration, but felt that Islington residents had a case that there were too many signs and that the restriction was unclear. He regretted that money-making cameras were rife in London. He suggested that money might be better spent on policing, which would deter other crimes. Also that residents should stand up for themselves and ask for money to be spent on things that they want, like more parking, rather than the things that politicians and bureaucrats want. Encouraged people give politicians who don't listen a kick in the ballots.
2008-04-18 Daily Telegraph ABD spokesman quoted on the national roll-out of 'speed awareness courses'.
2008-04-16 Edinburgh Evening News Bruce Young on the number of speed camera fines in Lothian falling.
2008-04-16 Daily Express (Front page) ABD spokesman quoted on trials of average speed cameras on the A13 in East London.
2008-04-15 BBC Three Counties Radio Nigel Humphries on elderley drivers, following an incident in which a 93 year old driver managed to crash into two Porsches.
2008-04-15 BBC Radio WM Paul Biggs discussing speed limits, speed cameras, and traffic policing with Peter Jocelyn - former chief constable of Warwickshire.
Peter Jocelyn explained that he had helped introduce speed cameras to the UK, but since then all of his children have been caught by one, leading him to decide that cameras have gone too far.
2008-04-14 Portsmouth News Brian MacDowall quoted on drivers caught by yellow vultures in A27 roadworks.
2008-04-14 Southern Daily Echo ABD spokesman quoted on Southampton City Council's plan to put 30 traffic lights on one roundabout.
2008-04-11 Daily Record Bruce Young on the quantity of speed cameras fines dropping in Scotland.
2008-04-09 Manchester Evening News Sean Corker quoted on the news that New York City has thrown out the idea of congestion charging.
2008-04-08 Liverpool Daily Post Hugh Baldon quoted on the news that 12 police officers from Merseyside and Cheshire police forces have been caught drink driving over the last 3 years.
2008-04-08 BBC Radio Gloucestershire Bernard Abrams on cruising.
Bernard said that any road user breaking the law should be dealt with appropriately. Said cruising it was a relatively harmless interest in cars and modifying cars, it would have good elements and bad elements as everywhere but where road users broke the law they would probably end up in court. Asked about the past and police over-reaction locally he said that helicopters and roadblocks in advance were OTT but law breaking and civil disturbances in built up areas should result in action.
2008-04-07 Mirror Brian MacDowall quoted on reports that Kent Police have suspended an officer for rigging speed traps.
2008-04-07 BBC Three Counties Radio Hugh Baldon on a proposal to 'ban' the school run.
Hugh said that he was fed up with the word 'ban' since that is the knee jerk reaction to everything, particularly from this government. Said that there was undoubtedly a problem but to suggest a ban was absurd.
2008-04-07 New Statesman Article by Roger Lawson on the candidates for London Mayor and their policies towards drivers.
2008-04-07 NPR (USA) Roger Lawson on congestion charging in London.
2008-04-04 Southern Daily Echo Hugh Bladon on plans by Southampton City Council to force residents to pay for permits to park outside their own homes.
2008-04-04 Swiss TV documentary Roger Lawson on mobile phone use in cars.
2008-04-04 ∎ The Sun ABD quoted on the A2 cone fiasco.
2008-04-04 ∎ Daily Mail Brian McDowall on traffic cones that were left on the busy A2 dual carriageway a year after roadworks were finished.
2008-04-03 ∎ New York Post Roger Lawson interviewed on congestion charging.
2008-04-03 Kent Messenger Brian McDowall on temporary speed limit signs being left in place on the A2 long after a temporary speed limit order had expired.
2008-04-01 Edinburgh Evening News Nigel Humphries on Edinburgh City Council fining some residents because the council had not printed the correct parking code on their permits.
2008-03-31 Flintshire Standard Hugh Bladon quoted on North Wales police deciding to hide speed cameras in horse boxes.
2008-03-31 BBC Radio Kent Nigel Humphries on CCTV being used to impose parking fines.
2008-03-30 Sunday Mirror Hugh Bladon quoted on the speed camera on the M11 that may have been operated illegally since November 2005.
2008-03-28 Evo Nigel Humphries quoted following our PR615.
2008-03-27 The Scotsman Peter Spinney quoted on potholes costing Scottish councils over £2M in conpensation over the last 5 years.
2008-03-27 BBC Radio WM
BBC Radio H&W
Nigel Humphries on Ingrid Tarrant being let off a ban so she could take her kids to school.
Nigel said it was magistrates' discretion to waive a ban but he had never heard of it being done to take kids to school before. He said she was careless to say the least for using a phone when she had 9 points.
2008-03-26 Birmingham Mail Nigel Humphries quoted on the £7140 extorted from drivers in just 9 days by Birmingham City Council's nonsensical car share lane. Complete with photo which illustrates the absurdity of the lane.
When the council admit this scheme is a total failure will they be refunding all the fines?
2008-03-26 BBC Radio Ulster Nigel Humphries on plans for 15mph speed limits in the government's silly new 'eco-towns'.
2008-03-26 Smooth FM (Birmingham) Nigel Humphries on drivers fined for using the car share lane on the A47.
2008-03-24 The Mirror Hugh Bladon on proposed 15 mph speed limits in new eco-towns.
Hugh said “This is a ridiculous idea. It is fantasy land. Public transport will never cater as well as the car for the needs of business people or women with families. If they want to build a ghost town this is entirely the right way to go about it.”
2008-03-24 Daily Telegraph Nigel Humphries on the latest insane government plan — 15 mph speed limits in new eco-towns.
2008-03-24 The Scotsman Bruce Young quoted in an article about average speed cameras.
2008-03-24 BBC Radio Leeds Nigel Humphries on the car share lane on the M606/M62 junction.
Nigel slated anything that rationed roadspace as inefficient, and said that the presenter could share a car if she could find another radio presenter who lived in the same place as her and presented a radio show on the same station at the same time! Otherwise she wasnt being selfish.
2008-03-21 Sky News Brian Mooney on variable penalties for speeders.
Brian said that the issue should be cracking down on dangerous driving, not fast but safe driving.
2008-03-21 Daily Telegraph Hugh Bladon quoted on the increase in cost of petrol.
2008-03-18 Daily Telegraph Nigel Humphries on plans to make increase parking fines cost up to £120, make the regulations more complex, and make it easier for traffic wardens to dish out tickets.
2008-03-17 Tudno FM (Llandudno) Nigel Humphries on unmarked police cars in North Wales.
2008-03-17 Daily Post Nigel Humphries quoted on unmarked police cars in North Wales.
2008-03-14 Daily Telegraph Nigel Humphries quoted on speed cameras making over £100 million last year.
2008-03-13 The Sentinel (Stoke) Paul Biggs quoted on the budget.
2008-03-12 BBC Radio Wales Nigel Humphries on a proposal from the Welsh branch of the British Medical Association to lobby Westminster to reduce the permitted Blood Alcohol Content for driving to 50mg.
Nigel pointed out that there was no evidence of increased risk in the 50-80mg range except at the very top where drivers didn't know whether they would be over or under the current limit. He said that the EU countries with a 50mg limit didn't have a 12 month ban for exceeding it.
2008-03-11 BBC World Service Nigel Humphries on whether society accepted that cars killed a lot of people in a way in which they wouldnt in other areas.
Nigel spoke about all modes of transport carrying risks, mentioning how dangerous horses were in the nineteenth century, but that road transport was perceived differently because people owned and controlled the risk rather than being passive victims.
He said that campaign groups who hated the car had used safety as an excuse to penalise and obstruct drivers and that the responsibility of individuals for road safety had been undermined as a result.
When asked if he thought road deaths were a price worth paying for the benefits of the car, Nigel said that no road accidents needed to happen and that we needed to focus on their real causes and improve standards to prevent them.
2008-03-05 LBC Radio (London) Roger Lawson on road rage.
Roger mentioned that our members are so well behaved that they probably suffer from it less than others, so he hadn't had any reports of it lately!
2008-03-05 BBC Radio Newcastle Nigel Humphries on HOV and toll lanes on motorways.
2008-03-05 BBC Radio WM Paul Biggs on congestion charging in the West Midlands.
Paul detailed the prohibitive cost of setting up and running the scheme, London's failure to make money for public transport, and falling car numbers into Birmingham in the morning peak hours - down 29% 1995 to 2003, with an overall rise of traffic on Birmingham's roads of just 8% compared to the national average of 18% - he said there was no magic bullet, but with less cars coming into the city, any increase in congestion was down to deliberate congestion causing measures by the council or government.
2008-03-05 Daily Express Nigel Humphries on the lastest barmy idea from the government — HOV/Toll lanes on most motorways.
2008-03-04 Manchester Evening News Sean Corker on parking meters making a £150,000 profit every month for Manchester council.
2008-03-04 LBC Radio (London) Roger Lawson on hard shoulder running.
2008-02-29 Channel M (Manchester) Sean Corker featured in a news item about Bolton Council unanimously voting for a referendum on the proposed Greater Manchester Congestion Charge
Sean Corker is ABD Local Co-ordinator for Manchester.
Manchester Against Road Tolls is backed by the ABD and NAAT
2008-02-28 Edinburgh Evening News Bruce Young quoted in an article on the Forth Road Bridge.
2008-02-25 The Scotsman Bruce Young quoted on average speed cameras proposed for the Forth Road Bridge during roadworks.
2008-02-22 BBC Radio Northampton Nigel Humphries on a pilot scheme in Norfolk to give drivers caught speeding outside schools the option of being told off by a ten year old instead of getting a fine and points.
Nigel said that at least this was properly targeted. The ABD approved of action being taken against people who speed outside schools when children were arriving and leaving — and it would not be credible either with the child or the driver to drag a child out of bed at 3AM or from their classroom to tell off a motorist for speeding when there were no children there.
Nigel said however that he had concerns with children being used to punish adults over issues they understood poorly. He also expressed serious concerns about the effect on the children — they have a responsibility for road safey, too, and there was a danger that this scheme would undermine all the work done to get children to take responsibility for crossing the road by encouraging them to blame the driver. Then, of course, they would carry this attitude forward into cycling and driving.
He ended by saying it was ironic that those who caused real danger to children were being allowed a way out of the ticket while those caught on dual carriageways with underposted limits were not.
2008-02-18 Southampton Echo ABD spokesman quoted on the use of SPECS cameras in roadworks on the M27.
2008-02-18 The Sentinel Paul Biggs on new traffic information signs in Stoke on Trent.
2008-02-15 Daily Echo Hugh Bladon on planned roadworks in Southampton.
2008-02-13 BBC News Sean Corker quoted following our PR608.
2008-02-11 BBC Radio Northampton Nigel Humphries on fuel prices and the road hauliers lobbying the chancellor.
Nigel focussed on the essential nature of road transport and contrasted the 5% tax on heating fuel with the huge taxes on road fuels.
2008-02-07 Edinburgh Evening News Bruce Young quoted on an improvement to road repairs made by utility companies.
2008-01-31 BBC Radio Northampton Nigel Humphries on Shell`s £14bn profit.
Nigel said the government made double that in fuel tax in the UK alone, and Shell was a global company that did other things apart from petrol. Suggested that a windfall tax was a bad idea — Shell should be encouraged to spend the money developing new energy sources and this was better than it vanishing into the black hole of government.
2008-01-31 BBC CWR (Warks) Nigel Humphries on speed limit reductions proposed by Warwickshire County Council
He was preceeded by a spokesman from Warwickshire County Council who said the problem on the A444 was a badly designed roundabout which they wre going to change, but were going to reduce the speed limit anyway.
2008-01-28 ∎ Daily Mirror Hugh Bladon quoted on the news that 46,000 cars were crushed last year.
2008-01-26 Wales on Sunday Nigel Humphries on petrol prices.
2008-01-24 The Press (York) Nigel Humphries quoted on drink driving.
See also the letter from Nigel below, in which he points out that he didn't say everything the paper attributed to him.
2008-01-24 The Guardian ABD mentioned in an article about ID cards.
2008-01-22 BBC Radio 5 Live Nigel Humphries on random breath tests.
Nigel pointed out that the police could breathylise anyone they liked at the moment and that random tests would encourage roadblocks. These would be rare due to lack of police manpower and would waste a lot of time both for the police and sober drivers.
2008-01-21 Edinburgh Evening News Bruce Young quoted on the number of drivers prosecuted for using bus lanes in Edinburgh.
2008-01-21 BBC Radio Solent Nigel Humphries on average speed cameras in the M27 roadworks.
2008-01-19 ∎ Edinburgh Evening News Bruce Young quoted on a traffic problem in Edinburgh.
2008-01-19 Lancashire Evening Post Paul Biggs quoted on speed cameras.
2008-03 What Car ABD quoted on a speed survey and speed cameras.
2008-01-19 ∎ West London Gazette Brian Mooney quoted on damage to vehicles caused by speed humps.
2008-01-15 BBC Radio Leeds Nigel Humphries on cycling.
Nigel said that danger on the road started with people who thought they had more right to use the roads than others and that certain cycling groups had infected some cyclists with this attitude creating lycra louts.
2008-01-13 ∎ News of the World Nigel Humphries quoted on a Policy Exchange think tank report.
Nigel said: "Motoring taxes should be ring fenced for transport. Drivers don't mind subsidising public transport. But they do mind being told they should pay more tax when they are getting a rubbish service."
2008-01-11 Sky News Paul Biggs on the M6 Toll.
Paul said the Govt should buy the road off Midland Expressway Ltd and run it as a public road.
2008-01-11 BBC Radio WM Paul Biggs on roadworks.
2008-01-10 Touch FM Paul Biggs on a speed limit review by Warwickshire County Council.
2008-01-10 BBC Radio Berkshire Nigel Humphries on the new offence of 'causing death by careless driving'.
2008-01-09 BBC Three Counties Radio Nigel Humphries on the new law of causing death by careless driving.
Nigel used the example of a mother who crashed when she tried to refasten her childs seat belt, killing the child, to illustrate the absurdity of imprisoning drivers for an accident.
2008-01-08 Swindon Advertiser Coverage of our PR606 on car crushing.
2008-01-08 Skegness Standard Keith Peat quoted on a 20% rise in road deaths in Lincolnshire in 2007.
2008-01-07 Spalding Today Keith Peat quoted on proposals to reduce the speed limit on Lincolnshire's rural roads to 50 mph.
2008-01-03 Touch FM (Warks) Paul Biggs on fuel tax.
2008-01-03 BBC Radio Lincolnshire Keith Peat on his predicted rise in Lincolnshire road deaths.
2008-01-02 ∎ Coventry Evening Telegraph Hugh Bladon on fuel tax.
2008-01-02 BBC TV — Look North Keith Peat on his predicted rise in Lincolnshire road deaths.
2008-01-02 Daily Telegraph ABD quoted on average speed cameras.

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