Autocar's full guide to the 2010 general election; all the main parties' transport policies outlined
6 May 2010

Britain’s 20 million motorists have a rare chance to influence motoring policy this week when they vote in the general election.

To help that decision, Autocar asked the three main political parties’ transport spokespeople to put forward their vision for making British roads better.

We also put those political comments into context with a run-through of what the main parties have actually done (or not done) for motorists when they’ve won power in the past:

Click here to read Labour's track record on transport, plus a statement from the current transport minister"A Labour government would continue to support motorists while maintaining high standards of road safety and reducing the environmental impact of cars."Lord Adonis, transport minister

Click here to read the Conservatives' track record on transport, plus a statement from its transport spokesperson"We would focus on tackling the worst pinch points on our roads, both by making the most of the capacity we have and, where public funds allow, building new roads."Theresa Villiers, Tory transport spokesperson

Click here to read the Liberal Democrats' track record on transport, plus a statement from its transport spokesperson"We support the introduction of national road charging if, and only if, other taxes on motorists are scrapped so that the average motorist does not pay more in taxes."Norman Baker, Liberal democrat transport spokesperson

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4 May 2010

Is anyone else just hearing "lies lies lies" followed by "the motorist is an easy target, lets milk them"?????!!!!!

4 May 2010

These statements will change whoever gets in. Half this lot should be locked up anyway, if I stole thousands of pounds of tax payers money where would I be now? (Don't say the Bahamas).

4 May 2010

Car magazines should not be political platforms. Stick to comments about cars and don't give free airtime to politicians.

4 May 2010

Both the 'histories' part of Labour and Lib Dem parties in this article appear to be a bit one-sided, whoever has written them, Autocar! I personally think there is one policy that sticks out as being the better one here, but there's no proof anything will get done by any of the parties. Rather than highlight the 'negative' aspects of each party's transport past, how about simply focusing on what they're planning to do, Autocar?! Anyway, I think the pothole-repair scheme is highly important - there are a few roads near me that have been repaired recently after years of neglect, and it makes each journey that little bit better! I also think the £5,000 electric car grant will help certain people, but it's the price of the cars/batteries themselves that put them out of reach for most people unfortunately... it's going to be a close election I think. Funny though, if you're talking with someone about it who isn't particularly into cars, and bring up transport issues, they immediately dismiss them as being unimportant. Anyone else find this?

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

4 May 2010

How should motorists vote? With their feet, out of this cold, God forsaken little island. I can think of few places I'd rather be ripped off in, and that ain't going to stop, no matter which bunch of ****s gets elected on thursday.

4 May 2010

[quote jskater]

How should motorists vote? With their feet, out of this cold, God forsaken little island. I can think of few places I'd rather be ripped off in, and that ain't going to stop, no matter which bunch of ****s gets elected on thursday.

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I wouldn't up sticks and leave permanently for all the tea in China. I love Britain, except in the summer, when I feel like moving North, towards Greenland or something. Cold is great!

Personally, I think that the Tories' policy, although not perfect, is far better than that of either of the other two parties, so it's the Tories who will get my vote on Thursday.

4 May 2010

VOTE C O N S E R V A T I V E.

That is all.

4 May 2010

[quote MattDB]

Car magazines should not be political platforms. Stick to comments about cars and don't give free airtime to politicians.

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x 2.

I come here to get away from all that, and NOT to be faced with same things that're everywhere else.

4 May 2010

Matt DB

This is supposed to be a free country, Autocar have every right to get an opinion from us all, yes, we are all probably the main source of money in the Country and we all hate it, but where else are they going to get the money/tax from? i don't think there's a sustainable aource of revenue in Britain to replace it totally, if scrapping road tax and fuel duty was accepted we'd ALL be paying for what mileage we did which seems fair to me, why should i a driver who does 10,000 miles a year be paying the same road tax as someone whose doing 30,000 miles a year?, that's just one of the unfair parts of owning a car.No, AUTOCAR is a weekly news mag and i'm sure it's not the only mag doing a straw poll.

Peter Cavellini.

4 May 2010

Autocar is right to air the issue, especially as the Lib-Dems have been in power in some local authorities and have shown themselves up in their true light. I'm disappointed that the UKIP policies haven't been publicised; they seem the most pro-motorist of the main parties. They are unlikely to get a seat this time, but a vote for them might be added weight for the reform of the electoral system, and we may eventually get our voice heard in parliament this way.

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