July 25, 2024
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Calls for Clarity on Pledges from Industry ahead of UK General Election 2024

As the UK approaches the General Election on 4 July, the motoring industry is emphasizing the need for clearer targets and funding mechanisms from political parties vying to form the next government. Here are some of the key proposals:

  • The Conservative Party plans to bring forward £8.3 billion of funding for road repairs, pothole repairs, and road connectivity improvements in Wales and Scotland.
  • The Labour Party aims to fill one million more potholes in England annually, funded by cancelling the A27 Arundel Bypass and addressing high insurance costs.
  • Reform UK plans to scrap schemes limiting road use, such as London’s Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs).

Regarding electric vehicles (EVs) and infrastructure:

  • The Conservatives would reverse the ULEZ expansion and increase the electric charging infrastructure rollout.
  • Labour plans to restore the 2030 phase-out of new internal combustion engine vehicles and support the second-hand market for EVs.
  • The LibDems are calling for a national grid upgrade for more charging points and harmonizing VAT rates on EV charging.

Other parties like the Greens and Reform UK have contrasting views on EVs and emissions targets.

Expert Reactions

Various experts have provided insights on the manifesto pledges:

  • Sue Robinson from the National Franchised Dealers Association highlights the importance of improving EV charging infrastructure and introducing price incentives for EVs.
  • Paul Holland suggests funding EV incentives through sales of internal combustion engine vehicles.
  • Philip Nothard warns of the dangers of changing EV production deadlines on industry investment.
  • Paul Hollick emphasizes the need for detailed plans and targets for EV charge point rollout.

Additionally, the Association of Fleet Professionals recommends actions like clarifying regulations for electric vans and producing company car benefit-in-kind taxation tables up to 2030.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the key proposals of the Conservative Party for road infrastructure?

The Conservative Party plans to allocate £8.3 billion for road repairs, pothole filling, and road connectivity improvements in Wales and Scotland.

2. How does Labour aim to support the EV market?

Labour plans to restore the 2030 phase-out of new internal combustion engine vehicles and support the second-hand market for electric vehicles.

Conclusion

As the General Election approaches, the motoring industry is looking for clear commitments and funding mechanisms from political parties to address key issues like road infrastructure and electric vehicle adoption. Expert insights highlight the importance of detailed plans, incentives for EVs, and policy stability to drive the industry forward.

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