As the UK welcomes Anne-Marie Trevelyan as the 13th Transport Secretary this century, the AA highlights the Top 10 priorities for motorists:
1) Make UK roads safer – promote vision zero road deaths and set targets. Improve rural roads, cycling, pedestrian safety.
2) Surge in EV charging – improve charging infrastructure, cut VAT for on-street chargers to 5%.
3) Boost for zero emission vehicles – incentives for lower-income drivers to go electric and set longer-term fiscal incentives for company car drivers.
4) Reform smart motorways – full review and promote ‘controlled’ motorways with hard shoulder.
5) Fix the roads – boost ring-fenced spending and funnel penalty charge income into filling potholes.
6) Expand Park and Ride – cut congestion and pollution with cost-effective parking on city outskirts and help urban alternative transport.
7) Increase traffic police – cops in cars reduce overall crime and improve road safety.
8) Fuel price transparency – extend Northern Ireland’s Fuel Price Checker tool to reinvigorate competition* and consider EV charge rate transparency.
9) Moving traffic violation enforcement protection – extend online transparency of London’s traffic offences tribunals **.
10) Speed up roll-out of assisted driving technology – mandate AEB, reduce collisions, cut casualties and improve road network efficiency.
“Anne-Marie Trevelyan’s appointment as the 13th Transport Secretary this century, despite the financial pressures on the country, still holds the potential for revolutions in the switch to electric vehicles, road safety, competitive pricing, fair enforcement and a leap in car technology,” says Edmund King, the AA’s president.
“Unfettered by covid lockdowns and with much of the groundwork already laid for transport innovation, the new Transport Secretary needs to be a plucky 13.”
*Article Source www.TheAA.com