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The ABD Promotes the Interests of Drivers in London

The Alliance of British Drivers is a voluntary organisation promoting the interests and concerns of Britain's drivers. With cars, vans and taxis accounting for 80% of the mileage of all trips in the UK, and over 65% of goods being carried by road, the road network and the people who use it are of vital importance to the nation's economy.

Drivers should expect the road network to be improved and maintained to a standard that is fit for purpose, and that includes in London. They should be able to use the roads in a safe and responsible manner without being subject to unreasonable restrictions or charges. In particular the ABD campaigns for:


It is unfortunate that policies in London in the last few years have been dominated by anti-car factions with Mayors who either hated cars or were cycling fanatics. As a result we have very unbalanced transport policies in London which impose enormous costs on residents and visitors. Public transport is massively subsidised while private transport is penalised and discouraged.

This web site is a source of information on traffic and transport issues in London, and covers our news reports and campaigns. Note that the main ABD web site for national news and issues is present here: www.abd.org.uk (please join as a Member to support the ABD). Go to About for more information on the ABD in London.

Latest News

Against the Mayors Transport Strategy

Opposition to Mayor's Transport Strategy (MTS). The ABD is opposing many aspects of Sadiq Khan's London Transport Strategy. Go here for more information and how you can object.

Campaign against speed awareness courses and police waivers. The ABD has launched a campaign named AMPOW to oppose the misuse of police waivers. Go here for more information.

Campaigns

Against the Mayors Transport Strategy

Against-MTS. A campaign against a the Mayor of London's Transport Strategy which is a blatant attack on motorists.

Croydon20. A campaign against a wide area, very expensive 20 mph signed only scheme in the London Borough of Croydon.

Thames River Crossings. A campaign opposing charges on the Dartford Crossing and the new payment system.

WesternCon. A campaign in support of removal of the Western Extension of the Congestion Charge Zone.


Greenwich Congestion Charge. A campaign opposing a congestion charge in the London Borough of Greenwich.  

Richmond Parking. A campaign against an Emission Based Permit Parking Scheme in the London Borough of Richmond.

The ABD runs campaigns on important transport issues in London.


The list on the left covers our current campaigns and some of the past ones so you can see how it is possible to stimulate public debate and thwart unreasonable proposals. Contact us if you need support for a local campaign.

Three of the most important issues for London drivers are the Congestion Charge (a.k.a. Tax), 20 MPH Speed Limits and Parking, We have specific pages to cover those topics - summarised below.

The London Congestion Charge is one of the most controversial measures imposed by car hating Mayor Ken Livingstone. It has been supported by subsequent Mayors and other politicians even though it had no significant impact on traffic congestion in central London (claims by TfL that it did are simply wrong). It is also a simplistic system while being very expensive to run. Go here for more information:  London Congestion Charge.

20 mph speed limits have been adopted over wide areas of London. Often these are “signed only” limits which have not been shown to have any road safety benefits. The ABD is not opposed to 20 mph speed limits in appropriate areas (where traffic speeds are near that limit) but we oppose their adoption where there are no rational reasons to slow traffic and increase journey times. See the Croydon campaign and more information on the Road Safety page. There are also a number of articles on our Blog on this topic.

Restrictions on parking and excessive charges for doing so are a common complaint in London. Local boroughs make millions of pounds from motorists and use the money to subsidise other budgets, sometimes illegally. Go to Parking for articles on that topic, or Permit-Parking for articles on Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs).

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Greater investment in the road network to cut congestion.

Better parking provision.

No road tolls, congestion taxes or road pricing.

More intelligent and evidence based road safety policies.

Reduced taxes on owning and running cars.