Many motorists would like to see road safety and speed cameras as central issues for election campaigning. Sadly this is not presently the case. (17th April 2005)
We set out election news and party policies on this page.
Added for clarity. Safe Speed is NOT recommending a Conservative vote. Safe Speed has no political alignment. However we hope that the very considerable risk of lost votes will persuade the other parties to offer something substantial to reduce the pain of motorists.
The Conservatives are presently very quiet on speed cameras and road safety issues. Their manifesto contains only this:
A Conservative Government will end Labour's war on the motorist. We will modernise Britain's road network and review all speed cameras to ensure they are there to save lives, not make money.But previous documents and speeches have contained a firm commitment to disband the camera partnerships, for example: (this) Contains:
The 10 Point Safer Driving Plan in fullI rang the Conservative Party press office and they confirm that scrapping the partnerships remains Conservative policy. They have frequently mentioned raising the motorway speed limit to 80mph. (No written reference to hand)
Clearly we're very familiar with Labour's road safety policy. However their manifesto contains:
Major investment is planned to expand capacity on the M1, M6 and M25. We must also manage road space better. We are examining the potential benefits of a parallel Expressway on the M6 corridor. We will introduce car-pool lanes for cars with more than one passenger on suitable roads and explore other ways to lock in the benefit of new capacity. We will complete the introduction of Traffic Management Officers to keep traffic flowing. Because of the long-term nature of transport planning, we will seek political consensus in tackling congestion, including examining the potential of moving away from the current system of motoring taxation towards a national system of road-pricing.So nothing about scaling down the war on the motorist then.
The Liberal Democrat manifesto contains:
Promote walking and cycling. Fewer school-run car journeys means less pollution, less congestion and fewer road deaths. Children walking or cycling to school also get fitter – but the journey must be safe. Liberal Democrats will encourage and promote nationally what many Liberal Democrat councils already do locally, such as ‘Safe Routes to School’ with calmed traffic, safe pavements, good lighting and adults on hand to conduct ‘walking buses’. We will also provide more cycle routes and reform planning rules to make sure that key services are more easily accessible by foot or bicycle. This will benefit adults as well as children.[point of order - fewer school run journeys by car would be very likely increase child road deaths. Pedestrians are more vulnerable, and in the case of children, far less protected from the risks associated with their own errors.]
Reward owners of less polluting cars with lower taxes. For many people, particularly in rural areas, cars are a necessity and cannot be replaced by public transport. But they can be far less damaging to the environment when they use less fuel or alternative fuels. We will start by reforming the Vehicle Excise Duty system (‘road tax’) to cut tax altogether on cars that pollute least, funded by increasing it on those that pollute more. Congestion charging in London (first proposed by the Liberal Democrats) has cut pollution, cut traffic jams and paid for new investment in buses. We will encourage more cities and towns where traffic congestion is a problem to extend congestion charging, linked to up-front investment in better public transport to give millions real alternatives to the car and to reduce the need to drive. In the longer term, as technology allows, we will scrap petrol duties and VED altogether, replacing the revenue with a national road user charging system based on location, congestion and pollution (including the level of pollution of the particular vehicle). As a result, pollution and congestion will be better targeted, with no need for the present system of heavy taxes on every journey.
The UKIP Manifesto
contains the following:
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to get this on the agenda:
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Created 17/04/2005. Last update 17/04/2005