|30 Sep 2011.
For immediate release.
“Our new Road Safety Minister has been canny enough to note that most of the cameras recently reviewed were 'cash cows', and that a camera could even be the cause of accidents. However, the quangos running them are very much still in place. 2
Many of these 'revenue camera partnerships' couldn't meet the deadline for justifying their existence. What further evidence does the government need to keep its promise, and move away from the failed policies of the past?”
“Before the election, David Cameron said that in power, he would have to do things very differently and make life easier for families facing sky-high motoring bills. He even hinted at helping families by cutting fuel taxes when global prices rise. 3
Not only have there been repeated rises in fuel taxes, but above-inflation rises are planned for next year. Many parts of the country have also seen local authorities take liberties with parking charges. 4
Little wonder that in a recent survey, 99% of drivers felt that the 'War on the Motorist' was still very much going on, and 91% had no confidence that the government was serious about ending it. 5
David Cameron has already announced a consultation on cutting red tape bureaucracy. As he has said that he'd be a 'friend of the motorist', he should announce an immediate consultation on what anti-motorist measures the public would like scrapped. This must be followed by firm action, including cancelling the planned fuel tax rises.”