Westminster Hall - Motoring Debate

This morning I was speaking on behalf of the Lib Dems in the Westminster Hall debate on the Government's policy on motoring. There is a real myth that motoring has become more expensive, but in real terms the cost of motoring has fallen by 13% since 1997, while the cost of travelling by bus or coach has risen in real terms by 17% and rail travel costs have risen by 7%.

As well as talking about the cost of motoring I spent some time talking about safety on our roads and my support for a reduction in the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on local roads, the need to reduce the drink drive limit to bring us into step with most of the rest of western Europe, and the safety benefits of speed cameras - with particular reference to the impact of the cameras on Princess Road in my constituency, where the cameras (which I campaigned to be installed as a Councillor many years ago) have significantly reduced the number of accidents on the road.

We don't have many transport debates, which is a real shame, but it is not that surprising when you consider that nobody other than Nigel Evans, who called the debate, and the transport spokesmen from the 3 parties was there to speak (although there were a couple of interventions)!

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