Star Cars 2010 part 4 - Political policy: Liberal Democrats

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As well as plenty of new cars, we’re also going to have a general election next year, so we asked the Conservatives, Green Party, Labour and Liberal Democrats to give us their take on transport policy. Here’s what they said…

Liberal Democrats
Lib Dem transport policy has two aims: to improve conditions for travellers and to create a more environmentally sustainable transport network.

The Lib Dems are committed to giving motorists a fair deal. For example, we are leading the fight to make private car clamping illegal. Every day, motorists have to pay huge sums to release cars that have been clamped by companies driven solely by profit.

We are also committed to other improvements, such as more car parking at stations, and we will continue to press for improvements at frequent-accident spots.

We must safeguard our environment for the future. Road transport has a big role to play: it is responsible for around 20% of all carbon emissions produced in the UK today. That figure must be reduced. That is why we would introduce steeper rates of banding on the Government’s ‘showroom’ tax, so charges are higher for the most-polluting cars, while those who purchase environmentally friendly vehicles would be rewarded.

We would also encourage greater use of electric vehicles. Research by Daimler suggests electric cars emit up to 60% less CO2 than fossil fuel-powered vehicles.

Norman Baker MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

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