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How Will The General Election Affect British Motorists?

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With a General Election scheduled for 7 May 2015, the population is considering which party has the most to offer it. Individual concerns vary but with the majority of the population owning driving licences, motoring policies are in the spotlight. In general, promises to reduce fuel prices and increase speed limits are popular with voters, but what automotive carrot is each party dangling in front of motorists' noses?

The ruling coalition government has made huge investments in roads infrastructure, aimed at the repair and maintenance of existing roads and building new ones. Under the current government, British motorists have also seen the abolition of the paper tax disc in favour of a digital system, with the paper counterpart driving licence set to go the same way later this year. Fuel duty has been frozen, which has contributed to petrol prices reaching a five year low, but on the other hand, mooted policies designed to improve the safety of younger drivers and reduce insurance premiums have been dropped.

The Conservative party has little to say about future plans at this stage, instead focusing on its existing policies of roads network investment and fuel duty freezing. However, the party has said it plans to crack down on fraudulent insurance claims, which are affecting the price of every policy. Plans include the introduction of independent accredited medical assessments for injury claims and a cap on legal fees for uncontested claims.

Labour plans for the roads network are focused on repairing and maintaining the existing infrastructure rather than building new roads. The party claims this will reserve funding for times of crisis, such as the floods which have wrought huge damage on British roads over the last few years. Its plans for reducing insurance premiums include the introduction of a cheaper young driver policy, that offers travel to work only cover, regulated via telematics devices. Promises have also been made regarding road safety improvements but details are thin on the ground.

The Liberal Democrats, like the Conservatives, have drawn attention to road investment made as part of the coalition government. The party also highlighted a green paper aimed at improving young driver safety, which it hopes will not only save lives but also help to reduce insurance premiums.

UKIP policies mainly revolve around freezing council tax but at the same time making sure local councils deal with pothole repairs. Calling itself the motorists' party, UKIP claims it is sympathetic to the argument for reducing fuel duty - stopping short of promises to make cuts. The party is also against tolled roads.

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