In the run-up to the General Election, the RAC is calling for each party to put forward plans on tackling these issues – which were identified in the 2014 edition of the RAC Report on Motoring – including the cost of fuel, saying that it believes that there is a strong case for a further immediate 3p reduction in fuel duty to sustain economic growth.
On the subject of the state of the roads, the organisation pointed to an estimate from the Asphalt Industry Alliance that an immediate one-off expenditure of £12bn in England alone is required to return our roads to a reasonable state, and said the next Government needs to ensure that this problem is fixed once and for all over the life of the next parliament.
The RAC also said that greater priority needs to be given to traffic policing both as a deterrent and to improve the effectiveness of enforcement of existing motoring law.
Finally, it commented that motorists are increasingly concerned at the cost, availability and fitness for purpose of parking facilities in towns and city centres. The RAC said: ‘The next Government needs to ensure that local authorities manage the provision of parking within a framework that is fair to the motorist and recognises the link between the availability of parking and the commercial health of our high streets.’
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.’