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Labour pledges to support drivers through cost-of-living crisis

23 Dec 2023 2 minute read
Consumer price inflation statistics from the ONS show car insurance costs have risen by 51%.

Labour has pledged to support drivers through the cost-of-living crisis, as millions across the country hit the road to head home for the Christmas period.

The party is seeking to crack down on car insurance costs, improve public transport options and remove planning barriers to upgrade transport networks.

Additionally, shadow transport minister Louise Haigh said Labour will “boost the charge point rollout”.


Labour claims these changes could save drivers up to £668 a year in lower running costs and cut journey times by reducing traffic on our roads.

This comes as the latest consumer price inflation statistics from the ONS show car insurance costs have risen by 51% in the year between October 2022 and October 2023.

Sorry state

Ms Haigh said: “Whilst the cost-of-living crisis has continued to hammer drivers up and down the country and the state of our infrastructure worsens by the day, the Conservatives have sat back and done nothing.

“Car insurance costs have soared, our crumbling roads are in a sorry state and traffic remains a nightmare.

“Labour will take action on unfair car insurance costs, remove barriers so infrastructure improvements are actually delivered, reduce the traffic clogging up our roads and boost the charge point rollout.”

In response, Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “This is laughable from a Labour Party that is imposing anti-motorist policies wherever they are in power – from blanket 20mph zones and a refusal to build any new roads in Wales to charging the poorest drivers just for going to work in outer London.

“This Conservative Government recently set out our Plan for Drivers – shining a light on how Labour are letting motorists down where they are in power – from local councils to the London Mayoralty and Welsh Government – and delivering the long-term solutions to back drivers.”

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5 months ago

Transport sec on a different planet. The 20 mph does not impact the costs I have running a car. Zero. Nothing. Nada.
His government policies however cost me extra thousands since they have been in power.

5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

ALL politicians spend too much time posturing and too little delivering solutions. Given that people charging around in cars is presumed to be harmful you’d think that these wise people in government would have delivered a network of local and national services – road and rail based public transport – by now. Instead they have produced big gaps in services, voids where no service exists at all. Very good at bringing new costs on motorists and eye watering prices for train and bus tickets unless you qualify for discounts/free passes.

5 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Invest in transport to deliver for the people not to deliver profits. That means no share holders or limit their take to the benefit of the system. Of course we need budget to favour this, we need policies. Tory party aint it. Labour look to be tory lite but far rather the latter in power.

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