Is the war on drivers still ongoing?

More than nine in ten drivers in the UK think that the government is still at “war” with motorists, despite election promises to change.

A recent poll has shown that 97 per cent of motorists think that the British government’s attitude towards motorists has either stayed the same or gotten even worse since the election.

Only 3 per cent think that situations have improved for drivers, with examples given like fewer roadworks slowing down traffic and a revision to the way that speed cameras are operated.

97 per cent think things have gotten worse

However, most road users still feel that speed cameras generate fines to raise money rather than improve road safety, with widespread feeling that motorists are simply an easy target.

Others still feel that the courts are too biased towards government and are too quick to either fine or ban drivers without considering all of the circumstances with a one-fine-fits-all approach.

Finally, drivers also believe that the rising cost of fuel, which will soon cost more than it did at its peak last year despite a promising start to 2015, is another way the government has let them down.

Speed cameras named as major gripe

Adam Blair, from Beat the Speed Trap, said: “I’m not surprised by these responses as they simply reflect public opinion. The government needs to listen to drivers’ views and take account of them.”

A separate survey from Motorpoint also recently found that more than half of British motorists say they’re sad to see the paper counterpart to the driving licence get axed.

In total, 53.1 per cent said that they though it was a bad move to nix the paper licence, with many not comfortable with the idea of their information being stored purely on a digital database.

The paper counterpart was phased out earlier this month, reportedly saving millions of pounds a year in admin fees, with drivers now having to use an online form to provide licence evidence.

Drivers missing the paper licence

Mark Carpenter of Motorpoint said: “Although the changes announced by the government have causes some initial confusion, over the medium to long term the new system should prove to be more efficient when it has settled in.

“It should also be more cost-effective for drivers, so we can expect this initial resistance to subside as drivers get used to the new way of using their driving licence.”

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