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How The Manifestos Treat Motorists

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The General Election is only weeks away and manifestos have been published by all the major parties. The documents are used by parties to try and convince voters that they have the answers to all voters' concerns, include motoring issues.

Under the existing coalition Government, motorists have enjoyed a freeze on fuel duty, significant investment into the repair and maintenance of existing roads and plans to build new ones, and the modernisation of the DVLA. After much discussion on the subject of young driver safety, no significant changes have been made, and the same goes for overhauling the driving test.

This is what they're all promising for the near future.


The Tories' main boast to voters is a £15 billion commitment to road repairs, maintenance and construction for the next Parliament. A number of major traffic problem areas are to receive attention and 1,300 new lane miles are to be added. The Conservative manifesto does also mention a push towards total zero emissions status by 2050, to which aim £500 million has been set aside.


Little is said on motoring issues in the Labour manifesto. There are vague mutterings about a commitment to long term roads network investment, promoting cycling and support for alternative transport network projects, including the HS2 rail link and general bus and rail network restructuring.

Liberal Democrats

The Lib Dem manifesto does make space for motoring issues, but focuses almost entirely on low emissions programmes and air quality targets. Schemes to this end include reforming the MOT and VED, plus a target date of 2040 for total ultra low emissions status on UK roads for non-freight vehicles.

Green Party

The Green Party manifesto cemented the Greens' traditional status as the enemy of the motorists by promising to divert the current Government's £15 billion of roads network investment to alternative transport methods, including walking, cycling and public transport.

Furthermore, legislation would be introduced to presume motorists liable for any accident involving cyclists or pedestrians. The Green Party also plans to reduce speed limits.


The UK Independence Party has some very specific schemes in mind for motorists, including the abolishment of tolls on roads and of speed cameras, except in accident black spots.

UKIP plans to block the compulsory installation of eCall (an automatic emergency services contact system) and to protect the UK's classic and historic vehicle legacy, by removing VED for cars more than 25 years old. UKIP also promises to abolish parking charges in hospitals.

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