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Tory MPs call on Shapps to Stop the war on the motorist.

They ask Grant Shapps: “Please stop the roll out, and withdraw the plethora of new road narrowing, blockades and dedicated cycle lanes eating into our town and city roads.”

14 Tory MPs have signed the letter that can be downloaded at: https://fairfueluk.com/MPs-to-Rt-Hon-Grant-Shapps-Final.pdf

More MPs to follow, but these have signed the letter:

Craig Mackinlay MP Chair of APPG for Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and Hauliers

Sir David Amess MP

Steve Baker MP

Bob Blackman MP

Andrew Bridgen MP

Rt Hon Robert Goodwill MP

Gordon Henderson MP

Jonathan Lord MP

Karl McCartney MP

Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP

Andrew Rosindell MP

Greg Smith MP

Henry Smith MP MP

James Sunderland MP

Plus also signed by:

Howard Cox Secretary APPG for Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and Hauliers and Founder of FairFuelUK

Richard Burnett Chief Executive, Road Haulage Association

Brian Gregory Director, Alliance of British Drivers

Lembit Opik Director of Communications, Motorcycle Action Group

Quotes

Craig Mackinlay MP said: “The UK’s 37m motorists and delivery vehicles should not be demonised as they often are. The car is one of the most liberating inventions ever, and our transport network has shown itself to be resilient and fundamental to keeping the show on the road during this pandemic. Low taxes on fuel are a benefit to us all, unlike poorly thought through road schemes – of which there have been too many. We are calling on the government to stop the uncalled-for war on the motorist.”

Howard Cox, FairFuelUK’s founder said: “Grant Shapps seems hypnotised by a small minority of ill-informed politically driven well financed greens, who pathologically hate the motorist. They are hell bent on making cars, taxis, vans, and trucks obsolescent. Shockingly a Tory Minister is grounding road transport decisions on emotion, not common sense or pragmatic data. Businesses and local communities are being devastated, not by a Chinese bug, but by myopic local authorities, without any consultation and funded by the Department of Transport. Strangulation of our city roads by new vacant cycle lanes and road blockades is intensifying congestion, escalating pollution, and risking lives by delaying emergency services. All this, so that fit well off young cyclists can enjoy their fair weather pastime at the expense of economic common sense.”

Richard Burnett, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “The effect of COVID19 on the nation’s health is mirrored by its effect on the nation’s economy; its businesses! We therefore consider that DfT’s £42m investment in ‘green’ road schemes that include additional cycle lanes and road closures to be very poorly timed. The rate at which this pandemic has changed and continues to change lives and livelihoods of citizens nationwide is absolutely mind-blowing. Of course, we welcome the measures being taken to minimise the risk of further infection but creating additional road closures and restrictions is not the way to go about it. Causing additional congestion at this critical time is a short-sighted and expensive decision, made with absolutely no consideration for the sector responsible for keeping store shelves full and maintaining the drug and PPE levels that hospitals so desperately need to save lives. If DfT has £42m to spare, surely it would be better spent on raising road safety awareness for all road users? These are challenging times for everyone and DfT should consider more carefully how they can save themselves and the taxpayers money.”

*Article Source www. fairfueluk.com

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