First up the current ruling party the Conservatives, whose policies for drivers mainly focus on the future of motoring with pledges to invest heavily in infrastructure and technology such as electric cars.
- They have promised some £40 billion of improvements to the road and rail networks across the UK which is one of the largest-ever investment programmes
- They have proposed an ambitious plan for Britain to lead the world in electric vehicle technology. Aiming that the majority of cars and vans will be zero-emission by 2050
Part of another policy proposed by the current government ‘The digital charter’ will directly affect drivers, by 2022 they pledge to extend full and uninterrupted mobile phone coverage to all major roads and main line trains.
Next we look at the main opposition party Labour, whose policies when it comes to transport mainly focus on the environment and safety.
- Labour propose to step up investment in the development, manufacture and use of ultra low emission vehicles
- They want to retrofit thousands of diesel buses in areas worst effected by air quality problems to Euro 6 standards (add in link: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/air/transport/road.htm)
- Labour have also vowed to make a transport network with zero deaths, reintroducing road-safety targets, setting out measures to improve safety standards
- In a measure that will please those who travel across the Severn Bridge often they have pledged to work with the Welsh Government to scrap the tolls
- Lastly, similar to the tory manifesto pledge they have also made a commitment to improve 4G coverage across all urban areas, and major roads and railways
The other main opposition party, the Liberal Democrats also focus most of their policies on the environmental aspect of driving, they propose the following policies:
- A diesel scrappage scheme, and a ban on the sale of diesel cars and small vans in the UK by 2025
- Extending Ultra-Low Emission Zones to ten more towns and cities
- All private hire vehicles and diesel buses licensed to operate in urban areas to run on ultra-low emission or zero emission fuels within five years
- They also want to reform vehicle taxation to encourage sales of electric and low-emission vehicles and develop electric vehicle infrastructure including universal charging points
- Pass a Zero-Carbon Britain Act to set new legally binding targets to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2040 and to zero by 2050
Like their two main rivals they also promise a significant investment in road and rail infrastructure.
Whatever your political persuasion it seems across the board the main parties are looking to improve the road and rail networks, and to focus on environmentally friendly technologies – whoever wins on June 8th it sounds like the near future will be connected and electric.
To read the full manifestos set out by each party please follow the links below: