RAC demands ‘positive roads change’

Pothholes and wornout roads are among motorists' main concerns.

Pothholes and wornout roads are among motorists' main concerns. - Credit: PA

The RAC has written to the leaders of the main political parties, asking them to make their stance clear on the four main issues that concern Britain’s 30 million drivers.

In the run-up to next year’s general election, the motoring organisation has called on the likes of David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to announce concrete plans to tackle the issues revealed as the most important in the recent 2014 RAC Report on Motoring – fuel costs, disintegrating roads, lack of law enforcement and expensive or inadequate parking.

The RAC calls for reductions in fuel duty, a significant increase in roads investment, more traffic police and action to improve the value and availability of good-quality parking.

In the Report on Motoring, 47% of those questioned said fuel costs were a top concern, 41% mentioned the condition of local roads, 40% cited drivers getting away with illegal behaviour and 80% reported increasing parking charges.

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.


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“We call 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,” he added.

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