What has Labour done in the past?
New Labour arrived in 1997 promising a permanent shift away from driving to public transport.
- Within days of coming to office it halted nearly all new road building in the UK.
- It brought in legislation to allow local government to introduce congestion charging and workplace parking charges, and encouraged schemes to cut urban road space for motorists.
- Labour famously turned a major section of the M4 in to London into a bus lane.
- It also pushed national road charging, which attracted millions of email dissenters on the Downing Street website.
- Speed cameras and fines increased hugely.
- Fuel tax was increased, accounting for as much as 81.5 per cent of the cost of a litre in 2000.
- Plans for urban road tolls were badly holed by the rejection at the ballot box of congestion charging schemes in Edinburgh and Greater Manchester.
Statement from transport minister Lord Adonis
“Tackling road congestion is a key priority and we will increase the safe use of motorway hard shoulders as an extra running lane, alongside targeted motorway widening, including the M25. For disruptive local roadworks we will increase tenfold the penalties on utility companies who allow work to overrun.
“Labour is also working to make motoring greener. We have established a £400 million fund to put Britain at the forefront of a green motoring revolution. Our manifesto pledged to ensure there are 100,000 electric vehicle charging points by the end of the next Parliament and pioneering motorists will receive up to £5000 to buy an ultra-low- carbon car from January.