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As the election gets closer, Trusted Dealers continues to look at the party leaders and their party’s policies for motorists. This week, we’re focussing on the UK Independence Party (UKIP) led by Nigel Farage.
UKIP was formed in 1993, with its primary objective to withdraw the UK from the European Union. UKIP currently has 24 of the 74 UK seats in the European Parliament and polled 3.1% of the vote in the 2010 election, despite Nigel Farage surviving a plane crash on the morning of the 2010 polls!
The right-wing party has previously dubbed itself the motorists’ party, and has opposed the work of the current and previous governments on road networks. Take a look at some of its policies below.
Improve the state of roads
Like the other parties, it promises to improve the pothole situation for motorists and the general standard of road maintenance, although Farage has yet to reveal just exactly how he intends to do this. In an interview with Autoexpress, Farage said; “ Years of neglect have led to many roads left in disrepair, yet all the while council tax has increased. UKIP will work to freeze and cut council tax, where possible, and spend every penny on front-line services.”
Cost of fuel
UKIP has made further promises to tackle the high cost of fuel prices. The party empathises with the high costs of fuel duty but has yet to reveal if it would actually reduce these costs if in power. Furthermore, UKIP believes that lower fuel duty is a catalyst to the recovery of the economy and will help generate growth and create jobs.
UKIP is against tolled roads and says it intends to let any existing contracts expire, claiming that road tolls are simply another tax upon motorists. Farage said; “Previous parties have introduced road tolling and done nothing when they’ve promised to abolish them. UKIP has consistently campaigned against road tolls, and will let contracts – where private companies run road tolls – expire.”
Branded as an ‘anti-cycling’ party, UKIP’s official 2010 manifesto had sections relating to cycling which referred to cyclists using language such as, “aggressive abuse of red lights” and lack of road courtesy. UKIP recommend the introduction of liability insurance for cyclists to cover “damage to cars and others” to deter “dangerous cyclist behaviour”, and the party called for local authorities to enforce a “cyclists dismount” or “no cycling” regulation on busy junctions or bus lanes or “where the road would be too narrowed by cycle lanes and cause unacceptable delays to traffic”.
High Speed 2
UKIP plan to scrap High Speed Two (HS2), funded by grant-in-aid from the government, a scheme to develop and promote the UK’s new high speed rail network.
UKIP will ensure that speed cameras are used as a deterrent and not as a revenue raiser for local authorities.
Which of the political parties will win your vote this May? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.