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UK drivers 'distrust' EU on emissions, safety standards and cost of motoring

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UK’s drivers do not trust the European Union on motoring issues related to roads, emissions, safety standards, fuel tax, cost of motoring or car manufacturing issues.

In a survey of their attitude towards the EU, 27,833 UK based residents answered questions concerning issues that impact on UK drivers.

Respondents were asked: ‘Are you getting reliable well balanced evidence from both sides of the EU argument to make an informed decision on June 23rd?’. The results were 66.2% no with only one in eight saying yes.

The full survey results show the responses towards these motoring issues listed below and how being in or out of the EU will benefit or hinder them.

What’s best for vehicles exports / manufacturing / prices – on  four related questions. Vote ‘leave’ responses range from 52% to 70.3%. Vote ‘remain’ responses range from 12% to 21.6%
What’s best for environment / emissions / safety – on six related questions. Vote ‘leave’ responses range from 42.9% to 57.9%. Vote ‘remain’ responses range from 9.9% to 19.8%
What’s best for roads / transport / potholes - on 3 related questions. Vote ‘leave’ responses range from 71.3% to 73.2%. Vote ‘remain’ responses range from 5% to 8.5%
What’s best for tax / VAT / fuel prices / cost of motoring - on six related questions. Vote ‘leave’ responses range from 63.1% to 74.9%. Vote ‘remain’ responses range from 4.7% to 15.7%.

All responses

When asked ‘Which way will you vote in the EU referendum?’, 76.4% said leave with 12.9% remain.

Fairfuel UK EU vote

As the age of respondents increases the likelihood of voting to leave the EU increases.

Quentin Willson, FairfuelUK lead campaigner, said on the emissions issue: "The EU set air quality standards for the UK but failed spectacularly to test vehicle emissions accurately. Its time we took control and set up our own emissions testing system, a diesel scrappage scheme, increased VED on the oldest diesels and made the UK a world centre for low emission vehicle research and development. We’ve got infinitely more automotive skills than the European Commission - isn’t it time we used them?"

Survey respondents came from the supporter base of the FairFuelUK campaign and from non-registered supporters via social media. The survey took place between May 12 to June 13 2016.

97.2% of respondents drive, 99.65% are over 25 and 99.8% say they will vote on Thursday.

FairFuelUK is the campaign fighting for lower petrol and diesel prices.

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