RAC Cars News

#WeLoveCars

How will the 2015 General Election affect motorists?

By raccars Published

Image Source

The UK's main political parties have a year to set out their policy stalls on, among other subjects, motoring, before the General Election of May 2015. What do they have to say about the issues concerning Britain's car owners and drivers?

Conservatives

The Conservative Party is keen to point out that it has invested more into the UK's road network than any government since the 1970's. Under its leadership, Britain's roads have received triple the amount of funding previously given for projects to repair, maintain and develop motorways and A roads and to deal with traffic hotspots.

During the coalition government's rule, four planned fuel duty rises, a legacy of the previous government, have been shelved, making fuel potentially 13p per litre lower than it could be now.

The Conservatives have also implemented changes to legislation to tackle the compensation culture that's contributing to high insurance premium costs.

Labour

Labour's transport policies include long term road network strategies. Funds would be prioritised for maintenance, ongoing repairs and renewal programmes, not only to provide a long term solution to Britain's pothole problem but also to create employment. Funds will be ring-fenced to deal with unplanned emergency situations, such as the winter floods that devastated the road network recently.

Labour is also working towards more affordable car insurance policies for younger drivers, with the assistance of telematics schemes and driver safety education.

Liberal Democrats

Most future policy plans for Britain's third party rely upon work done during the past few years as part of the current coalition government. With its Conservative coalition government partner, the Liberal Democrat Party has already ensured funding for a number of road network projects. The group is also supporting the introduction of road tolls or other 'cost neutral' road pricing measures.

The Lib Dems are also pointing towards future plans by referencing current coalition policies to improve young driver safety.

UKIP

The UK Independence Party, dubbing itself the motorists' party, has disparaged the work of the current and previous governments on road networks. It promises to improve the pothole situation and the general standard of road maintenance, although little has been said about exactly how this will be achieved.

Further promises have been made to tackle high petrol and diesel prices by reducing fuel duty. UKIP claims antipathy to the concept of road tolls and intends to let any existing contracts expire, comparing them to simply another tax upon motorists.

Looking to Buy?
Search for cars