Wanted: More Eye-Tests And Fewer Driverless Car Trials

Mon 9th Dec 2019

The British public will go to the polls this week and ahead of the big vote, a major survey has revealed the pressing issues of the UK’s driving population.

The AA questioned almost 18,000 drivers ahead of the General Election, quizzing the public on the various transport related pledges in the manifestos.

One thing was fairly clear, regardless of who comes to power, the driving public are expecting higher car taxes, a rise in the price of fuel and parking and insurance with two thirds saying they expect to see significant rises.

Whilst finding out the general mood of the nation on transport issues, the survey also gauged a list of good driving ideas, with compulsory eye-tests for drivers over 70 receiving 81 per cent support. More refuge emergency areas on motorways, financial incentives to buy greener cars and better legislation on private parking enforcement all received strong support.

The ideas which the general public oppose include trials of driverless cars on public roads and increased taxation on diesel vehicles, showing that traditional driving methods and fuels remain popular.

The AA’s president Edmund King said that the survey suggests that the UK’s political parties may have misjudged the mood of drivers in terms of some of the policies set out.

“Considering the majority of journeys and freight are moved by roads, all Political Parties seem to have missed a key opportunity to win over the driver,” King explained.

“While some Parties have picked elements of motoring policy in the transport sections of their manifestos, drivers remain unconvinced that one of the nations key infrastructures will be properly invested in. 

“We are disappointed that none of the parties say they would address the concerns of 79 per cent of drivers who want more emergency refuge areas on 'smart' motorways.

“Despite many warm words made from podiums in the run up to Thursday, drivers remain sceptical that their wallets will remain untouched as the allure of tinkering with road taxes could prove too much for politicians.”