Motorists 'Being Short-Changed'

16:36 Mon 24th May 2010 |

Car insurance customers are being short-changed by the government, it has been claimed.

According to the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) Foundation, motorists shell out over £45 billion in road taxes every year, with only £9 billion being reinvested in improving roads. The group claimed this has resulted in more congestion and longer journeys for drivers.

A director of the RAC Foundation, said he welcomed government plans to invest £6 billion in road capacity, but added more needed to be done.

He stated: "The plans focus exclusively on the UK's motorway system, which ignores the severe problems faced by the nation's suburbs."

Developing public transport would not reduce the need for road investment nor solve the problems of congestion and emissions levels, he added.

He concluded motoring taxes need to be transparent and a long-term strategy should be formed for road development in the UK.

The RAC Foundation has claimed the government’s plans to promote hard shoulder running did not provide an adequate solution for managing future growth in the number of cars on Britain's highways. Active traffic management has to be done diligently to meet safety requirements, which has significant cost implications.

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