The RAC has published a Motoring Manifesto in the run up to the general election calling on the next government to tackle ‘unfair’ parking practices and implement an air quality plan that deals with buses, taxis and vans first.
Other asks are a pledge not to raise fuel duty or Insurance Premium Tax for the duration of the next Parliament and action to cut insurance premiums, including reform of the personal injury discount rate.
The motoring group said it published the manifesto to prevent key issues being ‘parked for good’.
The RAC wants pollution from vans to be tackled
RAC chief executive officer Dave Hobday said: ‘There is clearly much at stake and many issues to debate but there has been some good progress in recent years in addressing some of the most important issues for both private motorists and businesses.
‘We want to ensure that these advances aren’t lost and that we have a clear commitment from the next government to maintain and increase investment in our roads infrastructure, tackle air quality and unjust parking practices, and encourage drivers to take-up of ultra-low emission vehicles.’
The RAC said whoever wins in the summer, the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) must remain a priority, while a proportion of motoring taxation should be ring-fenced to create a dedicated long-term maintenance and improvement fund for local road maintenance and improvements.
It wants vehicles that contribute the most to poor urban air quality to be dealt with first, ‘for example buses, taxis and vans’, and for any plan to tackle air pollution to be fair towards owners of diesel cars who were encouraged to switch by previous governments.
The manifesto also calls for ‘a commitment to introduce better regulation of the largely unregulated private parking sector’.