This page contains a summary of how the Association of British Drivers (ABD)
represents UK motorists and what our policies are. The ABD was
founded in 1992 by our Chairman, Brian Gregory. Our objective is to provide
an active, responsible voice to lobby on behalf of Britain's drivers. We
believe that official policies in recent years, both from the national
Government and from London bodies such as the Greater London Authority
(headed by the Mayor of London) and Transport for London have discriminated
against drivers by means of misleading information, obstruction,
restriction, delay and taxation.
Road Pricing and
UK Government is promoting road pricing and congestion tolls which will
undoubtedly mean even higher taxes for the average road user. In addition it
is likely to involve routine surveillance of your every movement and an
invasion of your privacy. The consent of the British people has never been
sought for these schemes – typically they are justified on erroneous
environmental grounds when the real facts are ignored, and the practicality
and enormous costs never debated. The London Congestion Charge has not been
a success despite claims that it has, and is enormously expensive to
year the Government raises over £50 billion in taxes from road users and
that’s why we have some of the most expensive fuel in Europe. Only a very
small fraction of the money raised is spent on improving our roads (about
£7bn). The result — you end up sitting in traffic jams.
safety policy has become distorted in the UK by anti-car and anti-motorist
policies. Speed cameras breed like rabbits so that millions of people now
receive speeding fines, but road deaths are barely dropping. A
whole industry has developed of collecting money from motorists in the name
of road safety, when there is no hard scientific evidence for any benefit
and the UK is falling behind other countries in reducing casualties.
humps have sprouted everywhere causing major problems for people with
medical conditions, delays to emergency vehicles, more noise/air pollution,
constant annoyance to road users and much higher costs from vehicle damage.
But there is no evidence of any net benefit.
Parking costs are rising
rapidly, and provision falling, as local authorities use it as a “demand
management” technique to cut traffic – in reality they just make life
enormously inconvenient for the typical motorist. Decriminalised parking
regulations and fixed penalty notices for bus lane and box junction
infringements erode your basic human rights to a fair hearing, and are often
used primarily to raise money by local councils.
use of road transport is being attacked on environmental grounds. But air
pollution from private cars has been falling substantially and technology is
going to make matters even better over the next few years.
Emissions from all kinds of transport are only a fraction of total air
pollutants, and those from private cars an even smaller factor. Unreasonable
and unnecessary attacks on car usage will not solve any environmental
problems. The people questioning the use of private cars are often
unreasonably prejudiced or ignore the facts.
This Web Site
web site does not just explain the policies of the ABD. It also contains all
the facts and figures to support those policies and is a mine of information
on transport issues generally in London. Our past newsletters (see
Newsletters) which are downloadable from the
site in full also contain many relevant articles. The web site and all past
newsletters can easily be searched for information that is of interest by
using the site search facility (see
Search). If you
can't find what you are looking for, require specific advice or simply wish
to send us some comments, go to the
Why You Should Support
Private cars and motor-bikes provide the most flexible, and most cost
effective transport mode and are used for more than 85% of journeys. Those
who wish to stop you using them often have vested interests in public
transport or otherwise wish to curtail your freedom. Joining the ABD means
you can help to fight these unreasonable attacks. Go to the
Membership page for more information. A copy of
our printed membership leaflet is contained in the following pdf file:
Membership_Leaflet. Note that
the ABD is a non-profit organisation run primarily by volunteers.