This letter appeared in Car magazine in January 1993.

Earlier this year I wrote to CAR expressing my concern over the use of photographic speed traps on motorways. I proposed the formation of a body to lobby for motorists' interests and protect them from a political climate that sees the motorist as a 'soft' revenue target.

The Association of British Drivers held its first meeting in Derby on 26 September 1992. Our objective is to provide an active, responsible voice and lobby for the British car driver.

The objectives of the Association include:

  • Improvements in vehicle safety (including HGVs)
  • Raising of driving standards
  • An increase in the motorway speed limit to 85mph
  • A realistic re-evaluation of all non-urban speed limits (many wide 30mph roads and 40mph dual carriageways carry unrealistically low limits in relation to the proximity of pedestrians and the likelihood of accidents)
  • In certain urban areas, reductions in speed limits, where these will make a real contribution to road safety
While the Association considers the placing of speed cameras on the safest roads in the country, our motorways, to be little more than a cynical, revenue-generating measure, it wholeheartedly supports the positioning of cameras at such places as traffic lights and in other urban locations, where they can be expected to make a genuine contribution to Government's stated aim of reducing road casualties.

Following a tremendous initial response, the Association welcomes more similarly minded members, and particularly those prepared to act as Regional Membership Officers.

Those interested should contact the Membership Secretary.

Brian Gregory


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