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'Unfair' treatment of UK drivers must stop, insist Trusted Dealers and NFDA

By Kyle Lindsay
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 12:30

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UNFAIR: George Osborne must act, insist NFDA

‘Unfair’ treatment of British motorists must be rectified by the Chancellor in this month’s Spring Budget, Trusted Dealers have insisted.

Figures show UK motorists spend £100billion every year on their cars – proportionately more than any other country in the world – but Trusted Dealers claim congestion, poor road conditions and high parking prices mean drivers are being short-changed.

The used car website, in partnership with the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), insist George Osborne must do more to relieve the pressure on drivers, making investment in transport a priority ahead of next year’s general election.

Neil Addley, Managing Director of Trusted Dealers, said: “Britain is the most expensive place in the world to own and run a car, so we at Trusted Dealers want to ensure that drivers get the most for their investment and have confidence in their motoring experience.

“From conversations we have with customers, we understand how expensive and difficult it is to run a car and how even the smallest change in regulation could have a big impact on a daily basis for many drivers.

“We’re calling on the government to tackle this issue and make Britain a fairer country to drive in.”

“We understand how expensive and difficult it is to run a car and how even the smallest change in regulation could have a big impact on a daily basis for many drivers.”

Neil Addley, Trusted Dealers

In a poll of customers, Trusted Dealers discovered the top concerns of motorists were road tax, fuel costs, insurance, congestion, parking costs and potholes.

British motorists spend around £3,453 every year on running their vehicles – £225 a year on road tax, £2,256 on fuel and £644 on insurance.

Damningly, the average driver dishes out 15% of their annual income on petrol or diesel, with the latter enormously expensive compared to other EU countries.

Meanwhile, the UK suffers notoriously bad congestion, with lower speed limits also contributing to increased journey times.

Sue Robinson, Director of the NFDA, said: “An economic environment needs to be created that incentivises growth across the motor industry and stimulates consumer confidence and demand.

“Addressing these customer issues is the first step towards ensuring the growth we saw in 2013 continues and benefits not only the UK’s motor industry, but drivers too.”

Image courtesy of Mholland, with thanks.

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