Brexit Wins by a Landslide, in ABD Poll of Members
The overwhelming majority of motorists want the UK to leave the European Union, according to a survey of members by Britain's leading drivers' lobbying group.
A massive 79.3% of Alliance of British Drivers members said they wanted to leave the EU, compared with just 10.3% who said they would vote to remain. A further 10.1% were undecided.
The results are contained in an ABD poll of members to gauge their views on the European Union laws introduced over the past decade, which directly impact on drivers.
ABD Chairman Brian Gregory said the aim of the survey was to discover whether drivers felt changes in European road policy have had a positive, negative or neutral impact on driving in Britain.
Nearly two thirds of ABD members (64%) said they felt the EU had had a negative effect on the cost of driving in Britain, compared with just 3.4% who felt it was positive.
And more than 59% also felt the EU's policies had damaged the 'attractiveness' of driving on Britain's roads.
There was strong opposition (53%) to plans for halving the number of petrol or diesel cars allowed in urban transport zones by 2030.
Six out of 10 drivers also opposed the European Parliament's eCall
regulation, which requires that from 2018, all new cars and small vans are fitted with a GPS tracking system that is able to share a vehicle's location data.
And when ABD members were asked: "To what extent do you support or oppose the introduction of road pricing with a standardised charge per driven kilometre across the whole of Europe, including Great Britain?" a massive 84.3% said they strongly opposed it.
There was even stronger opposition (85.8%) to the increasing use of tolls and other road charges in the long term to discourage car use and reduce CO₂ emissions.
In a separate survey commissioned by the ABD and carried out by ComRes, 61% of Britons opposed EU plans to introduce road tolls pricing (a standardised charge per driven kilometre) across the European road network, including Great Britain.
Of those polled, only 19% supported the charging plans, detailed in the 2011 EU White Paper; which sets out the EU's roadmap for the future of transport across the continent and would see both road tolls and urban congestion charging introduced in the UK.
The document states that: "For passenger cars, road charges are increasingly considered as an alternative way to generate revenue and influence traffic and travel behaviour."
ABD spokesman Nigel Humphries said:
“Road tolls are a regressive form of taxation that hits low income families the hardest. Pricing families out of their car would mean reduced mobility resulting in a lower quality of life and an additional barrier to finding and travelling to work.”