Conservative MP was previously shadow chief secretary to the Treasury
13 May 2010

Conservative MP Philip Hammond has been made the new secretary of state for transport.

The Conservative MP was previously shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, a post that has been filled in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition by Lib Dem MP David Laws.

Hilton Holloway blog - Driving under a new government

Prior to the election Tory transport spokesperson Theresa Villiers said: "A Conservative government will take action on the causes of unnecessary driving hassle by making the people who dig up our roads accountable for the congestion caused.

“We would give people the chance to campaign for the removal of excessive traffic lights and support innovation from local councils to get traffic flowing smoothly. We will also crack down on rogue clampers by regulating the industry.

“We would consult on a fair fuel stabiliser to cut fuel duty when oil prices rise. This will ensure families and businesses are less exposed to volatile oil markets.

“We say enough is enough to new fixed speed cameras. The government’s own studies show that they are not the best way of keeping our roads safe. So a Conservative government would not fund any new fixed speed cameras.

“We’ll also give the energy companies incentives to install charging points to help people switch to greener electric cars.”

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13 May 2010

Exactly what does change mean if it means only halt?

Surely it is better to:

1. Empower citizens groups to demand councils don't give out road works approval if a stretch of the highway in the group's area is over-exploited?

2. Any company given approval to dig a stretch of road must replace the surface to a standard as good or better than before, or forfeit the cost of proper repair. And give councils money to employ inspectors.

3. Ban clamping all together except by police and only then for due cause. (They've done it in Scotland - a judge ruled it "usuary.")

4. Phase out fuel duty over a period of years meantime using the money to install EV points in city centres to encourage use of small EV city cars.

5. Demand cameras not justified by way of reducing accidents at serious trouble spots removed, sold or scrapped. And place a minimum number removed, say, fifty percent within a given period.

Rather than keeping the status quo is not beneficial political change something altered for the better, or is there a new definition?

I'm sure bloggers will have more informed idea than mine, but these ideas are a reaction to a call to "mark time."

13 May 2010

WHO ????????????

13 May 2010

Now that the election is over and new appointees settling into their new offices, can Autocar (and associated Haymarket titles) follow up their pre-election reporting with regular reporting on how the new government is keeping to its promises? Regular report cards and analysis. Too often, the media is complicit in the hypocrisy of electioneering - faithfully reporting all the promises and then ignoring them when they are broken.

13 May 2010

I think Hammond should be quietly replaced by one Richard Hammond. His initial is only the stroke of an R different from a P, and I believe the Hamster would be perfect for the job.

13 May 2010

Hammond 'to be Transport Secretary'

When I saw that headline, for one glorious moment I thought it was going to be Richard. And then I read the article.....................

13 May 2010

I Thought it was Richard Hammond!!!

13 May 2010

Yes ditto my first thought ran to Richard Hammond. Hopefully he will come out and say what a crap idea road pricing is and it will NEVER be introduced by a Conservative (or indeed 'Liberal-Conservative') government.

13 May 2010

Hope they keep the support for the Plug In Car Grant incentive scheme. It's not only good for consumers, but the industry is relying on it as a source of demand for ultra-low carbon vehicles.

13 May 2010

I have to admit that the title drew me in as I to was thinking Richard Hammond...... hay ho I will just have to keep wishing.


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