RAC CALLS ON POLITICAL PARTIES TO ADDRESS THE ‘MOTORIST’S AGENDA’
Any political party aspiring to form the next Government needs to address the ‘motorist’s agenda’ and propose viable solutions to the ‘big four’ motoring concerns that negatively impact individual drivers, businesses and the economy as a whole, say the RAC.
As approximately two thirds of those eligible to vote hold a driving licence, the RAC say they believe their voice deserves to be heard en masse.
The RAC are calling for each party to put forward plans in the run-up to the General Election, as part of their manifestos, on how they will tackle:
The high cost of fuel – reducing fuel duty to lessen hardship for the lower paid who depend on their cars and to help stimulate economic growth.
“The cost of fuel is still the number one concern for a majority of motorists. “It remains a huge drain on the budgets of less affluent motorists and those living in rural areas with no public transport alternatives to the car.
“As committed supporters of FairFuelUK, the RAC believes that there is a strong case for a further immediate 3p reduction in fuel duty to sustain economic growth.”
The poor state of the UK’s roads – putting an end to the cycle of deterioration and under investment that has led to all-year-round potholes and the ‘developing world’ status of our roads.
“The Asphalt Industry Alliance estimates that an immediate one-off expenditure of £12 billion in England alone is required to return our roads to a state that we can be proud of and will support the economic well-being of the nation.
“The next Government needs to ensure that this problem is fixed once and for all over the life of the next parliament.”
Illegal behaviour of drivers – improve enforcement by halting the decline in the number of traffic police that has created a ‘getting away with it’ culture among a significant minority of drivers.
“They are particularly concerned about the widespread use of hand-held phones by drivers and the small but significant number of motorists who drive under the influence of drink and drugs.
“They are equally concerned at the low awareness and ineffectiveness of the new penalties to tackle tailgating, undertaking and middle lane hogging on our motorways and dual carriageways.”
Expensive and inadequate parking facilities – addressing the increasing cost, reduction in availability and fitness for purpose of parking in many parts of the country.
“”Motorists are increasingly concerned at the cost, availability and fitness for purpose of parking facilities in towns and city centres.
RAC technical director David Bizley said: “We know that motoring is vital to the UK economy and therefore we want the political parties to fully understand the biggest concerns on motorists’ minds.
“And we are calling on each leader to explain clearly what their party would do to address these issues and bring about positive change for the benefit of the country as a whole and everyone who uses the roads.
“Motorists are not just motorists, they also use public transport, they cycle and they are pedestrians so they are not seeking solutions at the expense of other road users.”
‘MORE DRIVERS SHOULD BE TRAINED TO DEAL WITH AFTERMATH OF CRASHES’
LORRY SPEED LIMIT ON SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY ROADS TO BE INCREASED
“A two-year trial in Denmark has seen speed limits on some rural roads increased from 80km/h (50mph) to 90km/h (56mph). “Results there showed that some slower drivers raised their speed slightly, while faster drivers slowed down.
“Although average speeds on the roads remained almost the same, the smaller difference between faster and slower traffic resulted in fewer collisions and fewer deaths, according to police findings.
“They said the move has helped reduce frustration among faster drivers, and stopped them from performing dangerous overtaking manoeuvres.
“The Danish study may well prove to be ground-breaking in years to come but what’s needed now are more studies to establish whether this reduction occurs in all instances.” (Source: RAC press release)
- More than 618,000 levies have been bought for over 112,000 lorries from 76 countries since the HGV road user levy was introduced in April 2014, say the Department for Transport.
Foreign truck drivers have handed over more than £17 million to the taxpayer in the past 4 months thanks to a new charge.
More than 618,000 levies have been purchased for over 112,000 vehicles from 76 different countries since the HGV road user levy was introduced in April 2014 – which has seen drivers coughing up enough cash to patch more than 320,000 potholes on our roads. (Source: DfT press release)
Recent evidence shows over 95 pc of heavy goods vehicle operators are paying the new levy in Great Britain. Roadside checks have seen DVSA enforcement officers issue over 850 fixed penalty notices to drivers who have not paid – resulting in fines worth more than £250,000.
Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said:”We anticipated the levy would generate around £20 million a year – to take £17 million in just four months is impressive and shows that compliance has remained high since introduction.
“Before the levy was introduced we had a ridiculous situation where foreign HGV drivers could fill up their tanks on the continent, pick up business in the UK and return to the mainland without even buying fuel here – without giving a penny to help maintain our roads.
“Meanwhile British hauliers were effectively operating at a disadvantage. “I’m glad to see this levy has addressed that imbalance.” (Source: Department for Transport press release)
SCOTTISH DRIVER DID 139 MPH – ON 60 MPH ROAD
New figures obtained by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) through a Freedom of Information request to Police Scotland have revealed the top 20 recorded speeding offences in Scotland for the past 15 months.
They show that of the top 20 recorded top speeds between 1 April 2013 and 30 June 2014 just one took place on a motorway – the rest were on A roads. The speeds were captured on either fixed or mobile speeding cameras and ranged between 114mph and 139mph.
The highest figure was a driver recorded at 139mph on a 60mph stretch of the A96 Keith to Huntly Road, one mile east of the B9115 Junction in Aberdeenshire on a mobile speed camera.
The remainder of the top three were recorded on 70mph limit roads; 129mph on the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen Road at Waterston Road, Angus caught on a fixed speed camera, and 127mph on the A9 Perth to Inverness Road at Moulinearn, Perth and Kinross on a mobile speed camera.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “These speeds show there are still drivers out there displaying a contempt for the law and for the safety of their fellow road users.
“This is made doubly worse by the fact the vast majority of the incidents took place on ‘A’ roads, therefore putting oncoming motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians at greater risk.” (Source: IAM press release)