Election – Who is the best for motorists?

It’s election time once again, and the major parties are busy coming up with their manifestos ready for the voting on 7 May.

But which party has the policies that will benefit motorists? It’s very early – the Tories won’t publish their manifesto for a week – but we’ve outlined the general points of each of the three main parties.

Labour

Labour are encouraging greener travel with revised VED rates offering discounts for low CO2 cars. More on the budget and the 3p staggered fuel tax can be found in our budget blog.

Labour has promised to offer £100 million towards tackling damaged roads, £400m towards a greener vehicle plan and £285m for a motorway management programme to tackle congestion.

Local authorities will be given more responsibility and resources to tackle congestion in their area under Labour.

Conservatives

The Tories have promised a ‘Fair Fuel Stabiliser’ to move fuel prices up and down as the price of oil moves.

Other policies that could benefit motorists could be the introduction of a rule meaning local authorities can only install speed cameras if they can prove they will help reduce accidents in the area. Instead the Tories will focus on vehicle activated signs.

They also support a national recharging network, new roads in congested areas, utilities being made responsible for congestion caused by roadworks and a crackdown on illegal clampers.

Liberal Democrats

The Lib Dems have rejected any new road building schemes unless absolutely necessary and would instead set up a fund to improve public transport.

They would charge for road freight on motorways to pay for the fund to be set up, and would look into a revenue-neutral road-user pricing scheme on motorways and trunk roads in the long term.

The Green Party would increase road tax incrementally, while the UKIP would focus on building and widening roads and removing speed cameras if residents voted to remove them where they serve no purpose. The BNP would focus on alternative fuels and improved rail networks.