The ‘war on the motorist’ in Britain has arrived according to more than half of drivers.
According to a survey conducted for the Alliance of British Drivers (ABD), only four out of ten drivers believe that the government is giving them a fair deal when it comes to driving and car ownership.
61% of respondents concurred that the 35 million drivers in the UK were under attack, primarily as a result of gruelling traffic congestion, Ulez fees, widespread use of cameras to police speed limits, and other restrictions like bus lanes.
The impending ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars was among the concerns felt by motorists.
The survey revealed that 59 per cent of people want the Government to either postpone the transition to more environmentally friendly cars or scrap it entirely.
Bob Bull, of the ABD, said: “If proof were needed, this poll shows that the British people believe that the authorities at every level are engaged in a war on the motorist.”
He added: “The official justification is often a woolly environmentalism, but we suspect that the real reason is that governments, councils and others regard the country’s 35million drivers as a cash cow to be fleeced of their money at every turn.
“Take the ban on new petrol and diesel cars after 2030. This crazy measure is both impractical and far from green.
“Impractical because electric cars are wildly expensive and because we don’t have the charging points or grid to cope with such a rapid upheaval.
“Far from green because evidence mounts every day that making electric vehicles – especially their huge batteries – generates more carbon dioxide emissions than the manufacture of conventional vehicles.”
With 52% of people over 55 saying that drivers are being targeted, older voters are the most likely to claim that there is a war on motorists. However, 44% of people aged 18 to 24 agree with the statement as well.
The poll’s findings point to a desire for government intervention, with more respondents agreeing that the government should attempt to halt the controversial Ulez expansion plan in London, which is scheduled to take effect next month, than that it should leave the decision to the capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan.
The results follow Boris Johnson’s Daily Mail editorial in which he criticised the mayor for sticking with his Ulez proposal. Mark Harper, the transport secretary, has encouraged local governments to investigate “low traffic neighbourhoods” (LTNs), many of which have gained a poor reputation. However, the survey found that respondents continued to embrace LTNs and 20 mph speed restrictions in general.