London, 4 Sep 2002.
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ABD Condemns the UK 'Roads to Nowhere' Approach
"Road tolls are threatening disaster, cutting off areas of the country and towns, because it will become too expensive to transport goods... The impact threatens to be very serious...There will be no-go areas"

(Professor Garel Rhys, Head of Automotive Economics at Cardiff Business School, and Parliamentary Adviser on Trade and Industry)

Road building and maintenance in the UK are at crisis levels, caused largely by political subservience to unsubstantiated environmentalist scaremongering, a by-product of the Earth Junket in South Africa, where provision of clean drinking water and other laudable goals are mixed with more questionable topics relating to energy production and the fallacy of man-made global warming.
(www.abd.org.uk/climate_change_truths.htm)

Road users pay a fortune to the government for a third-world transport infrastructure: £40 billion each year in motoring taxes alone. An engineering survey has shown that the road maintenance backlog is bad and getting worse, with local authorities estimating that it will cost £7.4 billion just to clear the backlog, the equivalent of £120 per UK resident.

The ABD has consistently pointed out that the car is, and will always remain, at the heart of any policy for integrated transport in the UK. Ministers cannot de-invent the car through misguided ideological bias that abuses environmental concern under a green flag of convenience.
 
"It would be wise of the Government to realise it is facing a tremendous public backlash to its next revenue raising attack on cars and road use. The outlook is alarming"

(Professor Garel Rhys, Head of Automotive Economics at Cardiff Business School, and Parliamentary Adviser on Trade and Industry)

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