Election 2010: It's ‘None of the Above’ for Drivers
33 million drivers neglected by political parties
The UK's three main parties are offering Britain's hard pressed drivers little incentive to vote for them, with the presidential-style TV debates only serving to take the focus off unwelcome manifesto pledges.
Despite road pricing being rejected by the 1.8 million signature petition, along with voters in Edinburgh and Manchester, the Liberal Democrats have made the introduction of road pricing a priority.
Furthermore, the Lib Dems intend to cut £3 billion of funding from our crumbling road system that carries 92% of passenger journeys in favour of rail that carries only 7%.
Meanwhile, the Conservatives seem blissfully unaware of the failure of the M6 Toll road to relieve congestion on the M6 due to sky-high toll charges and are planning more toll roads in their manifesto.
New Labour has backed away from the introduction of road pricing in the next parliament, but the unwelcome future threat of road pricing remains.
The SNP and UKIP have 'fuel tax stabiliser' policies, but have not said at what level it should be stabilised; Labour is offering year-on-year above inflation fuel tax rises, and the best that the Conservatives can offer is to ‘consult’ on a fuel tax stabiliser.
Sadly, all the major parties are committed to the hugely expensive folly of high speed rail.
ABD Spokesman Nigel Humphries said,
“Neglecting car transport doesn't make social or economic sense. According to research by the Taxpayers' Alliance, the Treasury makes a net gain of 4p for every mile that is driven by car, but loses 6p per bus passenger mile and a staggering 21p per mile travelled by rail passengers.”
Drivers pay around £50 billion a year in motoring taxes yet only about £8 billion is spent on the roads in return. Investing in road transport is clearly the most efficient and cost effective way to keep Britain moving.
A three party consensus on major issues, including transport, will only help to engineer the hung parliament that the Conservatives claim that they don't want.
“They all need to stop telling us what they think we want to hear, give us their real views, and let us make a choice.”
Regardless of which party or combination of parties is elected, drivers can expect ‘more of the same’ rather than ‘change’, such as: more lowered speed limits, draconian camera enforcement, work place parking taxes, parking restrictions, privatised parking parasites, more deliberate congestion-causing measures, even higher taxes and stealth taxes. It's enough to make you want to stay at home on 6th May.