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2015 General Election: have political parties forgotten the motorist?

The 2015 General Election is expected to bring little relief to the UK’s motorists, no matter which party takes power.

A survey of 1,000 motorists found seven in ten were ambivalent about forthcoming changes, and almost two in 10 felt the next government would do less to help the motorist.

The survey also asked what issues a new government should focus on to help the motorist. Top of the list came cutting fuel prices further, despite diesel and unleaded being already lower in price now than during the last election in 2010 according to the AA’s fuel price report. Tackling potholes and insurance costs were deemed next most important, while reducing congestion and improving the environment were ranked fourth and fifth.

“We haven’t heard too much about the plight of the motorist from any political party in the run up to the election,” said Nick King, market research director at Auto Trader, which conducted the survey. “So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that most of those surveyed seemed quite pessimistic, at least when it comes to a focus on motoring issues.

“Perhaps what is more surprising however is that fuel costs remain motorists’ number one concern and area of focus for the next government. That finding comes despite a drop in prices over the last 18 months and the fact that a litre of unleaded today is 6.7% lower at the petrol pump than it was during the last general election in 2010.”

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  • Karl Davis - 06/05/2015 13:22

    Here's a question; Are your sales people making the point that since the last general election - the invoice price actually paid for new cars and the pence per mile cost of running them has, in many cases, reduced five years on? As a former car salesman, that's a good news story I'd be talking about right now! Karl Davis, Managing Director @

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  • tough peanut - 06/05/2015 14:19

    The motorist is a given and they know this. Its not as though any party is offering to prioritise the damage to our 3rd world roads or anything else. They are too busy bickering amongst themselves to bother about getting votes from motorists. Was it ever thus

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