3 Nov 2012.
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Merger of the Association of British Drivers and the Drivers Alliance
The Association of British Drivers (ABD) and the Drivers Alliance (DA) are pleased to announce that they have agreed a merger of the two organisations.
Both organisations promote the interests of motorists and campaign against road pricing, congestion charging, unjustified levels of taxation on car usage, draconian parking policies and other ways that private vehicle use is prejudiced. We support more enlightened road safety policies and more investment in road transport infrastructure. Bearing in mind that the ‘war on the motorist’ is still being fought by those opposed to individual freedom, the directors of the ABD and the DA believe it is time to combine our strengths and operations.

The merged body will be called the “Alliance of British Drivers” (ABD) and will continue to fight for the fair treatment of ordinary road users.

More Information

The Association of British Drivers was formed in 1993 by Brian Gregory who has been Chairman of this membership based, not-for-profit organisation since then. It has fought many successful campaigns in the interests of road users — see www.abd.org.uk for more information.

The Drivers Alliance was formed in 2008 by Peter Roberts to campaign against road pricing. Its greatest success was the collection of over 1.8 million signatures on an e-petition against national road pricing. See www.driversalliance.org.uk

Brian Gregory Brian Gregory had this to say about the merger:
“This new organisation, which will combine the membership and leadership of the two bodies, will strengthen our presence on the national scene and enable us to campaign more effectively. The economies of scale achieved from a larger membership base will also help our operational efficiency and fund raising. We sorely need a stronger body to campaign for the rights of road users and the merger will give us just that.”

Peter Roberts said this: Peter Roberts
“The freedom to reach your place of employment, your family and friends is under threat. The costs associated with owning and running a car is considerable and much of this cost is down to taxation, parking charges and congestion charges. As drivers, we individually contribute around £1,300 every year to the treasury 1 2 and it is about time we had the roads, bridges and facilities we already pay for.
The Drivers' Alliance and the Association of British Drivers have worked together to defeat Road Pricing and Congestion charging but the threats to driving are not going away. We need a strong and independent group to argue for a fair deal for drivers and this union will provide that voice.

Contact Information

For more information contact Brian Gregory on 01642-589373, email: brian.gregory@abd.org.uk

Or Peter Roberts on 07973-444721, email: peter.roberts@driversalliance.org.uk

1. Total taxation from road users £48.1 Billion — House of Commons publications: Revenue from taxes and charges on road users.
2. Number of drivers on UK roads = 36,535,724: FOI Request November 2009
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