Campaign Launched Against Speed Awareness Courses and Police Waivers by
The Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) has
launched a campaign (AMPOW) against the misuse of speed awareness
courses because the actions of the police in offering such "Education
Courses" as an alternative to prosecution for speeding and other
offences are distorting road safety policy. It is leading to the
proliferation of speed cameras and threatened prosecutions because the
police now have a direct financial incentive to maximise their
activities in this area. See
for more information.
ABD Launches Campaign to Oppose Wide-Area 20 MPH Speed Limits in Croydon.
Croydon Council are consulting on
proposals to introduce 20 mph speed limits over wide areas of Croydon,
commencing with Croydon North. These would be "sign only" schemes with
no real benefits in terms of likely road safety improvements or any
other advantages. The claims made by Croydon Council are grossly
misleading. Make sure you oppose these proposals. Go here for more
information and a link to the councils consultation page:
Boris Johnson plans to destroy major East-West route in London.
TfL opened a consultation on the
East-West Cycle Superhighway that it is proposed should run along the
Embankment and Upper/Lower Thames Street in the City. Most of the route
will have two lanes reduced to one when this major road between the City
and West End is already heavily congested (with major air pollution
problems already which will get worse as a result). See this document
for the ABD's analysis of the proposals:
Superhighway . Postscript: after a very defective consultation but a
few changes due to objections made, these proposals were approved. You
can see the ABD's comments on the outcome and the process in this
Congestion Charge Tax Increase Approved.
The proposal to increase the
Congestion Charge (see below) was approved by the Mayor despite the fact
that 11,000 people responded of which 77% opposed any increase. It just
shows the continuing strength of opposition to this tax and the
unwillingness of politicians to listen to the people on this matter.
Congestion Charge Tax to be Increased.
It is proposed to raise the standard
rate to £11.50 per day. The ABD has submitted these comments to the
public consultation: "The proposed increase in charges is outrageous.
Since the Congestion Charge Tax was introduced in February 2003, the
Retail Price Index has increased by 41%. The original Congestion Charge
fee was £5 per day, and it is now proposed to be £11.50 - which is an
increase of 130%. The charge should be reduced not increased. In
addition, it has been made more and more difficult to pay the charge
with limited hours on the phone service (and long response times), no
retail outlets supported and other steps taken to raise more and more
money from users. It is clear that this scheme is all about raising
revenue and not about reducing congestion. Indeed congestion has not
come down, and TfL don't even bother to publish figures for it any more
- presumably too embarrassed to do so, or wish to hide the true facts.
This tax should be scrapped, not increased."
City and TfL plan 20-mph limits on main London roads.
Without consulting the road users,
Transport for London (TfL) and the City of London Corporation plan to
impose 20-mph speed limits on TfL controlled roads in the City. That
includes on Upper/Lower Thames Street (the A3211), one of the key
arterial routes from East to West through London. See
Press043 for more information.
Barnet Parking Charges Defeated.
The High Court has upheld the challenge
from a group of local residents to the massive rises in permit parking
charges imposed by Barnet Council. See
ABD_Press042 for more information.
UKIP launches campaign to scrap road tolls.
UKIP launched a "Scrap the Tolls" campaign on the 18th March with
demonstrations at the Dartford Crossing, at Tower Bridge Road for the
London Congestion Charge and elsewhere in the country.
Rotherhithe Tunnel width restriction tightened.
even tighter width restriction of 6'6" was imposed on the
Rotherhithe Tunnel from the 19th March, in an attempt to restrict access
to only smaller vehicles.
Press041 for details for the press release we issued in
advance. But traffic chaos resulted. See this article for more
Rotherhithe Tunnel. The width restriction was subsequently
Boris Johnson Kowtows to Environmentalists and Anti-car fanatics.
The Mayor of London has announced that there will be a ban on all but
low emission cars in central London. This is the press release we issued
on the subject:
Government to Raise £7bn from the Dartford Crossing.
The Highways Agency is likely
to raise a net £7 billion for Government coffers from road users over 25
years by the introduction of "free-flow" charging at the Dartford
Crossing, to which the ABD is strongly opposed. See this press release for more information:
Press039 and don't forget to sign the
Location of New Average Speed Cameras Confirmed.
The proposed location of new
average speed cameras on a number of the main arterial routes into
London have been confirmed. See this press release for more information:
Thames River Crossings and Tolls.
Public consultations are taking
place on Free-Flow Charging at the Dartford Crossing, and also for new
Thames River Crossings in East London which will also be tolled. See our
latest newsletter for more information here:
and this page for our responses to the consultations:
Merger and New Name.
The Association of British Drivers
has merged with the Drivers Alliance and the new organisation will be
called the Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) in future. See
www.abd.org.uk/pr/800.htm for more information.
Road Safety Action Plan Consultation.
The ABD has submitted this
response to the London Road Safety Action Plan Consultation:
Road_Safety_Action_Plan . A plan with no budgets and no clear
More Average Speed Cameras in London.
Transport for London (TfL) is
pushing ahead with more average speed cameras in London, but refuses to
say where they will be installed. See
ABD_Press037 for more information. Postscript: note that
there is a lot more information on this subject in our November
Newsletter - see
Roads Task Force Consultation.
The ABD has submitted this
response to the Mayor's London Roads Task Force Consultation:
Roads_Task_Force . It explains how we
think London's roads can be improved.
London Olympics Transport Report A
report on the travel arrangements in London during the Olympics is
present here: Olympics_Report -
congestion not as bad as expected but many visitors have been scared
Victory in Westminster. The proposals for large increases in
parking charges in the London Borough of Westminster have been abandoned
after the threat of a judicial review. See this document for the full
Dartford Crossing Toll Increases Postponed. The Government
issued a consultation document in August 2011 proposing that charges on the Dartford
Crossing should be increased to £2.50 per car (currently £1.50). The ABD
suggested the consultation was a pretence because the financial analysis
in the consultation document was incomplete and hence false. See
Dartford_Crossing_Consultation for our response. Due to the
number of objections, the Government has now decided to postpone a
decision on this matter and it seems charges are unlikely to increase in
the next year.
Westminster Residents and Businesses Oppose Westminster Parking Charges.
There has been a lot of
opposition in Westminster to proposals to impose parking charges in the
evening and at weekends. Westminster already collects more in parking
charges than it does in council taxes. A judicial review has been
invoked which has caused the council to delay implementation. See this
newsletter for more information:
Permit Parking Charges. London residents are facing sharply
rising charges for permit parking and Barnet residents have launched a
legal action to halt them. See
Press_036 and our recent newsletters for more information.
Speed Cameras Do Not Save Lives. The ABD issued this press release
and a detailed analysis rebutting the claims published by the RAC
Launches Campaign Against 20 Mph Average Speed Cameras. This press
release was issued to announce the launch of a campaign against average
Press_032 . See this dedicated web site
ABD Opposes Lane Rental. The following press release was issued
after Boris Johnson called for introduction of a lane rental scheme to
reduce the impact of road works in London:
Congestion Charge Definitely Scrapped. This press release was issued
covering the announcement by Boris Johnson that the Western Extension of
the Congestion Charge would be terminated on the 24th December 2010:
Press031 . It also contains some
comments on the cuts to TfL's budgets from the Government's spending
Profiteering from Parking.
ABD London Region has published a report on the oppressive parking
regime in the capital, and how London boroughs profit from it. See
Profiting_from_Parking. A summary of the key points was
issued in this press release:
Portsmouth 20 Mph Zones
analysis of the claims by the City of Portsmouth for their wide area 20
Mph zone scheme has been issued. In essence they seem to be "gilding the
lily" at best, and the claims may simply be spurious - see this document
for the full analysis:
Parking Charges and ORN Charges. The ABD has submitted the following
responses to the consultations on "Additional Parking Charges" in
London, and the charges to apply to the Olympic Route Network (ORN):
ORN_Penalty_Charge_Response . A press release was also issued on
these subjects - see
Press029 and see this page for more information:
Town Centre Pedestrianisation. See this note for the proposals to
pedestrianise part of Greenwich town centre with extensive changes to
the road layouts:
Consultation on Changes to the Congestion Charge Scheme and Western
Extension Removal. The ABD's response to the Mayor's proposed
changes to the Congestion Charge scheme, including an increase in the
charge to £10, implementation of an "Auto Pay" system and removal of the
Western Extension are in this document:
Quality Strategy Response. The ABD's response to the Mayor's Air
Quality Strategy Consultation is in this document:
to Charge for Evening Parking. The London Borough of Westminster,
which covers the "West End", is proposing to start charging for on-street
parking in the evening. At present it's free after 6.30 pm - see our
latest newsletter for more details:
Transport Strategy. Some analysis of Boris Johnson's recently published
London "Transport Strategy" was issued in our latest Newsletter - see
Newsletter_016 to read it and
details of how to respond to the public consultation. The full ABD
response to the consultation is in this document:
Transport_Strategy_Response and a press release issued on this
subject is at:
Newsletters Now on Web Site. All past ABD London Region newsletters
are now available as Pdf documents from the
Newsletters page of this web site.
Transport Strategy Response. Boris Johnson has published a "Mayor's
Transport Strategy - Statement of Intent" and our response is given
to London and Scraps Congestion Charge. Boris Johnson is planning to
scrap the Western Extension of the London Congestion Charge by 2010
after formal public consultation. See
on Congestion Charge Western Extension Launched. The new public
consultation on the Western Extension of the London Congestion Charge
that was promised by Boris Johnson in his election manifesto was
launched today. The ABD issued this press release:
and see this web page for more details:
Charging Shown to be a Failure. The ABD issued the following press
release following the publication by TfL of the Sixth Annual Monitoring
Report on the London Congestion Charge:
Press025 . The
report basically shows that congestion is back to where it was before
this tax was introduced, and the Western Extension has proved to be
Scrapping of £25 Congestion Charge. The Mayor of London, Boris
Johnson, has announced that the ERCC proposals are to be abandoned. See
Press024 for more
Launches New Consultation on Congestion Charge Western Extension.
Boris Johnson has announced that there will be fresh
consultation on the Western Extension of the London Congestion Charge,
commencing in September. This was a promise in his Mayoral election
manifesto. See his press release at
Candidates Policies. The ABD London Region has issued the following
note about the transport policies of the candidates for London Mayor and
for the Greater London Assembly:
ABD_Newsletter8_Short. Voting takes place on May 1st and do make
sure you vote in what is the most important election for Londoners for
Livingstone Again Ignores the Views of the Public. On the 12th
February, Mayor Livingstone announced he was to proceed with the changes
to the London Congestion Charge which include a charge of £25 per day
for more polluting vehicles. The ABD issued the following press release:
after we also issued the following press release about the challenge by
Decriminalisation of Advanced Stop Line Infringements. See our
response to the consultation on the London Local Authorities and TfL
Bill 2007 to see why we object to this proposal:
ASL_Consultation. An article written
for our newsletter on this subject is present at:
Overwhelming Opposition to Greenwich Tolls. Surveys released by TfL
show that residents of Greenwich and users of roads in the borough are
opposed to any congestion charge scheme by 77%, with with only 16%
supporting such proposals. They also show a majority opposed to the
central London scheme. See the following press release for more
ABD_Press020 . For information on our campaign in Greenwich against
congestion charging go here:
in London Rise. Fatalities in London rose by 8% in 2006 over the
prior year, and serious injuries similarly rose by 8%. See the following
page for a report on these very disappointing numbers:
Public Meeting on Greenwich Road Tolls. The Association of British
Drivers held a public meeting on a possible congestion charge in
Greenwich on Saturday the 22nd September 2007. Over 50 people attended
and a vote of the meeting showed overwhelming opposition to the idea. A
copy of the presentation given at the meeting is present in:
Greenwich_Road_Tolls2 . For
general information on our campaign in Greenwich against congestion
charging go here: Greenwich
Propose £25 London Congestion Charge for Larger Vehicles.
for London (TfL) are proposing to increase the London congestion charge
to £25 for most band G vehicles (those that emit more than 225 gm/km of
Gateway Bridge - A Victory for the Luddites?
The inspector recommended
that the proposals for the Thames Gateway Bridge should be rejected after a
two year public inquiry. But the Secretary of State has asked for the
inquiry to be reopened. See
Thames_Gateway_Bridge for the full story.
Congestion Worsening - It's Official. Transport for
London (TfL) recently published their fifth Annual Monitoring Report on the
London Congestion Charge. And it reveals what most London motorists already
knew – that congestion is almost back to where it was before the Congestion
Charge tax was introduced. The report also shows that there has been no
environmental benefit in terms of measurable reductions in overall air
pollution on the ground. For more details see the following report:
Launches Campaign Against Greenwich Road Tolls. The Association of
British Drivers (ABD) has launched a campaign against proposals for
congestion charging or road tolls in Greenwich (and on the Blackwall
Tunnel). See the ABD press release at
more information, or the following page:
Flow in Blackwall Tunnel Ended. The tidal flow system that operates in
the Blackwall Tunnel during morning rush hours has been ended without any
notice and without consultation. Congestion at the north bound entrance is
likely to worsen considerably. See the following article for more
information and how to object: