The RAC has written to the main political party leaders urging them to think of motorists when drafting their election manifestos ahead of next month’s General Election.

According to the motoring organisation, its own ‘motoring manifesto’ lists the top issues drivers have said are their biggest bugbears.

Although the current Government is addressing some of these concerns, the RAC said they could be scrapped or diluted as the main political parties drum up support.

The RAC has called for:

  • A promise not to raise fuel duty or Insurance Premium Tax for the duration of the next Parliament
  • An air-quality plan that is both fair to motorists and delivers improvement to those areas with the poorest air quality
  • Continued investment in England’s strategic road network – motorways and major A-roads – beyond 2020
  • Publication of a long-term investment plan and ring-fenced funding to improve local roads
  • Action to reduce whiplash claims and a reform of the personal injury discount rates to reduce the cost of insurance premiums
  • A commitment to introduce better regulation of the private parking sector.

“We want to ensure that in the midst of all the rhetoric, the key issues for UK motorists are not discarded or forgotten – hence us publishing our 2017 Motoring Manifesto,” said RAC chief executive officer Dave Hobday. “We want to ensure that we have a clear commitment from the next government to maintain and increase investment in our roads infrastructure, tackle air quality and unjust parking practices, and encourage drivers to take up ultra-low emission vehicles.”

He added: “Politicians would do well to listen to the UK’s 38 million motorists, who each year contribute around £40bn to the Exchequer. For them driving and using our roads is an integral and essential part of their lives, and also those who rely on road transport even if they are not motorists themselves.”