SOLUTIONS to the ‘big four’ motoring concerns that hurt both company car drivers and SME small fleet operators alike must top politicians’ manifestos, says the RAC.
In an open letter to the main UK parties, it points out that approximately two thirds of those eligible to vote in next year’s General Election hold a driving licence.
It demands politicians tackle the four main areas of concern with:
- Fuel – reducing fuel duty to lessen hardship for companies facing a squeeze on margins.
- Roads – putting an end to the cycle of deterioration and under investment in the UK road network that has led to all-year-round potholes, which tie up small operators in admin costs as they attempt to claim against council authorities.
- Regulations – improve enforcement of traffic regulations that has seen a growth of the ‘getting away with it’ culture threatening higher fleet and company car insurance premiums.
- Parking – addressing expensive and inadequate parking facilities that cost companies in terms of man-hours lost searching for spaces.
The ‘big four’ motoring concerns were identified in the 2014 edition of the RAC Report on Motoring, an annual independent survey of what’s on the mind of a representative cross-section of UK motorists.
RAC technical director David Bizley said: “We know that motoring is vital to the UK economy and therefore we want the political parties to fully understand the biggest concerns on motorists’ minds.
“And we call on each leader to explain clearly what their party would do to address these issues and bring about positive change for the benefit of the country as a whole and everyone who uses the roads.
“Motorists are not just motorists, they also use public transport, they cycle and they are pedestrians so they are not seeking solutions at the expense of other road users.
“Nevertheless, as Motorists’ Champion, the RAC calls on all of the political parties to address motorists’ concerns head on in their election manifestos and on the next Government to take decisive action.”