Cut the cost of motoring, but not at the expense of safety.




As a former member of the Transport Select Committee and road safety charity Brake’s MP of the year I support today’s Government announcements to cut the cost of motoring across the UK.

In July 2012 I wrote of the need to clamp down on fraudulent compensation claims which are costing Manchester motorists thousands each year. This is why I welcome the Governments plans to enforce more robust medical examination for whiplash claimants.

The UK suffers a disproportionately high number of whiplash cases per year compared with the rest of Europe, many of which are thought to be bogus. These false claims drive up car insurance premiums adding £118 to each policy according to a report by Aviva.

This is unfair on the majority of safe drivers and the Government is right to act. I also support the freezing the maximum cost of an MoT at £54.85 until 2015.

In addition there will be a pilot a scheme to put fuel price comparison sites on major roads and motorways. This will give the customer a better chance to get the best deal and will create more competition amongst petrol retailers which will put a lid on rising fuel costs.

This is on top of cancelling Labour’s planned rises in petrol duty from their 2009 budget which would have seen a yearly rise in petrol duty of inflation plus a penny. Petrol is now 10p a litre cheaper than if Labour would have been in power. These measures are all designed to save money for the 30 million drivers in the UK.

Improving transport in South Manchester has been one of my top priorities since I first entered politics. This government has finally delivered Metrolink locally, after Labour cancelled it twice. HS2 will help boost the Manchester Economy and create jobs.

I introduced a private members bill to improve road safety Local Chorlton Councillor Victor Chamberlain successfully got the Council to adopt the Twenty’s Plenty campaign. Cycle users in Greater Manchester are getting a £20 million boost to improve cycling safety across the area combined with these new initiatives shows that we are making great strides in making our roads safer and more affordable for everyone.

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