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Motoring groups unite to fight traffic plans

Road Traffic

12 June 2020

Three motoring groups are teaming up to campaign against local authority and Government policies to restrict vehicle use.

The initiative brings together Fair Fuel UK, the Alliance of British Drivers, and the Motorcycle Action Group, as well as representatives from the road haulage industry. ABD environment spokesman Paul Biggs mentions the plan in a letter to LTT this week (see page 28).

Fair Fuel UK claims credit for stopping fuel duty increases. It is run by the TV motoring journalist Quentin Wilson and campaign founder Howard Cox. Cox has also served as secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Fair fuel for UK motorists and UK hauliers. It does not currently appear to be active.

FFUK says big reductions in emissions can be achieved by using fuel catalysts rather than taxes and charges. 

Law firm The Black Antelope Group, FFUK, and the ABD have just issued a pre-legal action protocol letter to London mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London concerning the lack of consultation on this month’s increase to the central London congestion charge.

The charge will rise from £11.50 to £15 from 22 June and the operating hours will lengthen, from the current 07.00 to 18.00 to 07.00 to 22.00. The charge will also operate seven days a week rather than just on weekdays. 

Khan has said the increase and extended hours are temporary measures “to support the transformation of London’s streets” as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased (LTT 29 May). 

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