The RAC Foundation has welcomed the government's announcement on how £6.1 billion of already-promised road funding will be spent.
The RAC Foundation has welcomed news that the government will continue to promote the production and use of electric and autnomous vehicles in the UK but is concerned there is no commitment to
Six priorities for keeping the country moving
Fewer than one in twenty-five vans on UK roads are delivering packages to shoppers and businesses. Online retailing has helped limit total traffic growth by keeping shoppers at home.
The government's latest plans to improve air quality threaten to create a mosaic of confusion for drivers as different rules, regulations and restrictions operate in different areas.
Private parking companies obtained 4.7 million sets of vehicle-keeper records from the DVLA in the last financial year, more than ever before. Official data shows the figure for 2016/17 was just over
The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid remains the most common ultra-low carbon car on the road. Analysis by the RAC Foundation of the latest DVLA data shows there were 25,447 Outlanders on the road
The government has confirmed the route for a new Lower Thames Crossing to alleviate congestion at Dartford and add extra capacity in the face of projected traffic growth.
The twin-tunnel scheme will
The cost of maintaining and upgrading UK roads could rise by billions of pounds if self-driving and connected cars are to be safe and reliable. Experience from the aviation and rail sectors suggests
Local authorities in Scotland made a £40.3 million surplus or ‘profit’ from their parking activities in 2015-16. This is 12% higher than in the 2014-15 financial year when £36.1 million was reported.
Highways England needs to take decisive action if the best value is to be obtained from the current Road Investment Strategy, concludes the National Audit Office. The NAO says that the RIS
The government is being urged to look beyond cars to reap the most benefits from the future introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV). A report by the House of Lords Science and
More than 3,000 council-maintained road bridges in Great Britain are substandard. Analysis of data received from 199 of the 207 local highway authorities in England, Scotland and Wales found that
A diesel scrappage scheme aimed at taking the most polluting cars off the road is likely to be costly and ineffective.
New figures reveal that the poorest car-owning households in the UK remain deep in transport poverty. Official data analysed by the RAC Foundation suggests that around 960,000 of the very poorest car
Local authorities will be required to consult more widely before putting up their parking charges if a bill currently before parliament becomes law.
Dedicated roads police units have shrunk in all but seven forces, new figures show. The number of specialist roads officers was slashed by almost three-quarters in some parts of England and Wales
A leading member of the Police Federation of England and Wales has suggested that motorists who use their mobiles illegally at the wheel should have them confiscated.
Diesel has reached its most expensive price in more than two years. On Friday UK motorists were paying an average of 122.1 pence per litre for diesel, which is the highest since December 2014, RAC
Local authorities in England and Wales are calling on central government to invest an extra £1 billion per year into local road maintenance. The Local Government Association (LGA) argues that
Traffic flow modelling or the Department for Transport suggests that congestion could get worse before it gets better after the introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).
The cost of filling up an average car has risen by around £10 over the past year, reflecting the increase in the pump price of both petrol and diesel.
Learner drivers could soon be taking to motorways under proposals outlined by the government. Ministers are consulting on plans to allow those learning to drive to have lessons on motorways with
The surplus produced from council parking operations in England has reached a record high of more than three quarters of a billion pounds. In the 2015-16 financial year the 353 local authorities in
More than 7 in 10 (71%) British adults aged 16-75 say they have shopped online within the last three months. The average UK household now places around 2.5 online orders per month – the
£175 million to be spent on improving up to 50 of England's most dangerous routes.
The RAC Foundation welcomes the Chancellor's announcement in the Autumn Statement that he will freeze fuel duty for the seventh successive year.
Local authorities in Wales made a combined surplus – or ‘profit’ - of £13.8 million on their parking activities in the last financial year. The figure for 2015-16 was a 14%
Electric vehicle charge point use in Scotland has doubled in a year. In August 2016 charge points were used 26,119 times, compared with 12,939 times in the same month a year earlier.
The government has announced that it will double the penalties for drivers who use a handheld mobile at the wheel and also deny first-time offenders the chance of undertaking a remedial course.
Responding to the jailing of lorry driver Tomasz Kroker for causing death by dangerous driving on the A34 after scrolling through music on his mobile phone, Steve Gooding, director of the RAC
Drivers made at least 31,483 claims against councils for vehicle damage caused by poor road conditions in the last financial year. This equates to a claim being submitted every seventeen minutes in 2015/16.
A coalition of road safety charities, emergency services and health groups - including the RAC Foundation - have today made fresh calls for MPs to reduce the drink driving limit in England and Wales.
The use of average speed cameras has been found, on average, to cut the number of crashes resulting in death or serious injury by more than a third. Research for the RAC Foundation by Road Safety
The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid continues to dominate the ultra-low carbon car and van league table with 21,708 of the vehicles licensed in the UK at the end of Q2 2016. The Outlander makes
A record number of drivers are being penalised after parking on private land. Official figures reveal that in the first quarter of the financial year 2016/17, 1.07 million vehicle keeper records were
With two-thirds (66%) of the UK population now owning a smartphone the time could have arrived for a drive-safe mode for mobiles.
Despite the slump in the value of the pound against the euro, the hundreds of thousands of diesel car owners driving to Europe for the school holidays might still be better off filling up on the
The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid has extended its lead over the Nissan Leaf as the most popular ultra-low carbon car or van on the road.
More than 250 miles of roads in Great Britain are now being regularly monitored by average speed cameras.
The RAC Foundation has welcomed the publication of the Motoring Services Strategy which promises to consult on letting learner drivers go on motorways if accompanied by an approved instructor.
Almost one in six jobs requires the applicant to be able to drive. The RAC Foundation has analysed a snapshot of the government’s employment database and found that of the 847,000 vacancies
The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid and the pure battery-electric Nissan Leaf account for well over half (57%) of all ultra-green vehicles on the road.
A scrappage scheme aimed at removing the dirtiest diesel cars from the roads would have to be on a huge scale to have any significant effect.
Local authorities in Scotland made a £36.1 million surplus or ‘profit’ from their parking activities in 2014/15. This is 6% higher than in the previous financial year when £34 million was reported.
The weekend clock change has brought us another step closer to the most dangerous time of the year for children on the roads. Historical data shows
The Institute for Fiscal Studies has suggested that fuel duty may "never rise again".
Accordig to media reports it argues that if the Chancellor is not prepared to increase the rate of duty
In Budget 2016 the Chancellor announced that fuel duty would remain frozen for the next year. It has now been at 57.95p per litre for both petrol and diesel since March 2011.
Three quarters (74%) of what drivers pay for diesel at the pumps now ends up with the Chancellor. It has hovered around this level since the start of the year having previously not been so high since
Drivers have only one weekend left to get a £5,000 discount on an ultra-green car. From 1 March 2016 the maximum subsidy available to purchasers of the greenest cars will be cut from
Seventy service stations on England’s motorway network now have electric vehicle charge points. This equates to 72% of the 97 total. Of the 165 individual charge points, 92% are rapid, allowing
Traffic on Britain's roads reached a record level in 2015 with Department for Transport provisional statistics showing that last year 317.8 billion vehicle miles were travelled.
Ministers have left the door ajar for cutting the drink-drive limit in England and Wales if a similar move in Scotland proves successful. In December 2014 the limit north of the border was reduced
Motorway closed for ten hours after scheduled works to remove a gantry overrun.
Members of the European Parliament have decided not to veto measures which are intended to cut down real-world driving emissions.
The government has announced plans to fine utility companies and councils up to £5,000 for phantom road works where there are restrictions are in place but no work is going on or has in
Drivers of plug-in electric cars are to be able to use bus lanes in Milton Keynes, Nottinghamshire and Derby as part of a £40 million government initiative to increase the uptake of electric vehicles.
Asda and Tesco cut the price of diesel by 2p per litre to below that of petrol.
Three in five drivers would be happy to use a ‘vehicle safe mode’ on their mobile phones and other electronic devices they bring into their car in order to avoid being distracted.
Around 25 lives could have been saved across Great Britain this year, if England and Wales had followed the example of Scotland and cut the drink-drive limit. A reduction from
English councils have made another record surplus from their parking activities, hitting almost £700 million.
Almost 4,600 miles of British roads have no 2G mobile phone coverage from any network provider meaning drivers couldn’t call for help in the case of a breakdown, accident or emergency.
The General Medical Council has reminded doctors that they "must inform the DVLA (or DVA in Northern Ireland), if a patient continues to drive against medical advice and fails to do this themselves."
Capital spending on local roads in England is at its lowest level for well over a decade. In the last two financial years £1.8 billion has been spent annually on capital works which include
Almost 2,400 council-maintained road bridges in Great Britain are sub-standard. Data collected and analysed by the RAC Foundation found that some 2,375 structures over 1.5m in span are not fit to
All speed cameras on England's motorways and major A roads will be painted yellow by the end of October 2016.
Young drivers could soon get cashback if they pass their practical tests first time. The move has been suggested by ministers as a way of making sure people only apply for their test when they are
Essex chip shop owner Barry Beavis has lost his case against ParkingEye over what he considered to be an "extravagent and unconscionable" parking charge. His case was heard in July at the Supreme
The British Parking Association (BPA) has ordered its members to introduce a 10-minute grace period before penalising motorists for overstaying their welcome in a private car park.
Almost 29,000 drivers made claims against councils across Great Britain for damage caused to their vehicles by potholes in the last financial year.
Commenting on the VW emissions scandal Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Even before this scandal there was plenty of debate about so-called dirty diesels with suggestions
New casualty reduction targets need to be introduced if the recent increase in people being hurt on the roads is not to be repeated.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid remains the most common ultra-green car on the road in the UK. However overall sales growth of the greenest vehicles slowed in the last quarter.
Diesel is being sold as twice as fast as petrol and the mismatch is set to accelerate. By 2030 it is forecast that diesel could be selling four times as fast.
This will leave the UK facing a
The number of lorries leaving the UK by crossing the Channel has reached an all-time high. The record volumes are putting more strain on roads in the South East of England and increasing the
The RAC Foundation has welcomed the move by leading supermarkets to cut the price of petrol but believes there should be further reductions to come.
Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury's have all announced that they are cutting the price of diesel by 2p a litre.
Thousands of holidaymakers, hauliers and local residents have been caught in traffic jams in East Kent because of the latest introduction of Operation Stack on the M20.
Drivers heading to the continent for their summer holidays will see their fuel bills slashed as the strong pound keeps European pump prices down.
A landmark case is due to be heard in the UK’s highest court that could affect the rights of millions of drivers when they park on private land.
Diesel drivers could have paid as much as £250 million more than necessary at the pumps because retailers have not passed on plummeting wholesale prices.
The RAC Foundation has welcomed news that from 2020 proceeds from Vehicle Excise Duty will form the basis of a ring-fenced road fund to support investment in strategic roads.
A Scottish MSP has made specific proposals for the introduction of graduated licensing for young drivers in Scotland.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is now the most common ultra-green car on the road in the UK, knocking the Nissan Leaf off the top spot.
One thousand seven hundred and seventy five people died in road accidents on British roads in 2014. This was a 4% increase on the previous year.
Pedestrian casualties were up by 12% to 446.
Local authorities in Scotland made a £33.6 million surplus or ‘profit’ from their parking activities in 2013/14, the last financial year for which data is available. This is just
The progress made in cutting death and injury on the roads has varied dramatically across the UK over the past five years. While the general trend has been downwards this has masked big national and
In 2013 – the latest year for which figures are available - 234 teenage car passengers were killed or seriously injured when the young driver (17-19) they were travelling with was involved in a
Four years after the government launched a £5,000 grant scheme for buyers of the most eco-friendly cars the battery-powered Nissan Leaf is the number one green car on the road.
The Supreme Court has ordered the UK government to come up with plans on how the UK will comply with EU limits on how much nitrogen dioxide there is in the air. The Court says the proposals must be
The RAC Foundation has expressed its frustration at a Court of Appeal decision that parking tickets on private land are not 'extravagant or unconscionable'. Barry Beavis who brought the case against
Outgoing RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister to join board of new Office of Rail and Road.
More than 120 years after the first cars took to the UK’s roads there is still no single independent body that has responsibility for investigating and learning from the collisions that take
In Budget 2015 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced fuel duty would remain frozen. George Osborne said:
"Budget 2015 builds on the support provided by the government to motorists over this
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has promised to crack down on what he calls private parking 'sharks', according to press reports.
The news comes just days after the Prime
Tackling the condition of roads and pavements is seen by British adults as the most important transport priority for the next government.
More than half (53%) believe this should be the number one
Steve Gooding is to become the new director of the RAC Foundation.
He will succeed Professor Stephen Glaister CBE who is retiring.
Steve is expected to start in May 2015.
Steve has been Director
A study by the DfT says that in 2014 "1.6% of all drivers in England and Scotland were observed using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving."
The 1.6% figure for England was slightly higher than
Hundreds of thousands of drivers are likely to have been illegally penalised for overstaying their welcome whilst parking on private land.
Almost half of Scotland’s electric vehicle charging units are going unused from month to month, official data suggests.
Drivers heading to the continent for the half term will see their fuel bills slashed as a plunging Euro and low oil prices combine to give low pump prices.
The government has given the go-ahead for the testing of driverless cars on public roads.
Three consortiums will carry out tests of various technologies and vehicles in four locations across the UK:
Almost 50,000 drivers made claims against councils across Great Britain for damage caused to their vehicles by potholes in the last financial year.
The 200 (out of a total of 207) local highways
Many or London’s electric car charging units are going unused from month to month, official data suggests.
Figures for June 2014 show that of the 905 units across the capital, only 324 were
The decline in fuel prices has played a big part in reducing inflation. Six months ago it was costing around about £65 to fill up an average family car with petrol. Today it is about
Seventy percent of the price of unleaded petrol now goes to the chancellor in tax.
This is the highest proportion for almost six years.
Twenty-first century car use in Wales is more in keeping with historical experience than the rest of Great Britain according to a new report published today.
The study finds that, in Wales, driving
In 2013-14 councils in England generated a combined ‘profit’ of £667 million from their day to day, on and off street parking operations.
Within twenty years there could be another seven million drivers in the UK. This means that if current trends persist, the total will leap from about 36 million to 43 million.
The government has announced where much of the £15 billion road investment planned for the next parliament will be spent. 84 new schemes have been outlined.
As part of efforts to reduce traffic at one of the most congested parts of the motorway network, the toll booths at the Dartford crossings will be removed with drivers to pay online or by phone.
Road users are now paying four times more money to the Chancellor in motoring taxation than is being spent by the government on the roads. A report for the RAC Foundation shows that in 2012,
The tumbling price of a barrel of Brent crude oil has raised the prospect of the fuel duty escalator being reintroduced.
The dirtiest diesels will have to pay £12.50 to enter central London under plans unveiled by Transport for London.
Almost 1.4 million new cars registered in Great Britain in 2013 were exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) in their first year on the road.
Responding to media reports that the Secretary of State for Transport is considering increasing from three to six the number of points a driver might get if caught using a hand-held mobile at the
A significant majority of the British public back measures to cut death and injury on the roads through limited restriction on newly qualified young drivers. An Ipsos MORI survey for the RAC
Whether or not England finally manage a win when they play Costa Rica, fans watching the game in pubs and clubs are being urged to back the unsung heroes of the World Cup – the million plus
The government has said the maximum fine a magistrates' court can impose for speeding on the motorway will be raised from £2,500 to £10,000.
There are also big incresaes for fines
Ministers should consider introducing a new scrappage scheme aimed at taking the oldest and most polluting diesel cars off the road, argues the RAC Foundation.
Over the past two decades consumers
For the first time the human cost of crashes involving young drivers has been plotted across 49 different areas of Britain highlighting significant regional variations. Nearly one in eight (11.9%) of
Between them the 22 parking authorities in Wales made a surplus (‘profit’) of £8.7 million in 2012/13.
Cardiff had the biggest surplus at £2.6 million.
The number of vans on Britain’s roads has been rising more than 2.5 times quicker than cars.
Between 2002 and 2012, the number of vans increased by 29% to 3.3 million.
The Chancellor has confirmed that fuel duty will remain frozen for the remainder of this parliament.
He made the announcement in his speech at Budget 2014 with full details outlined in the budget document.
In 2012, the average UK household – car owning and non-car owning – spent £64.10 per week on buying and running a car (out of a total of £489). After many years of being the
Pump prices in the UK still routinely contain the largest proportion of tax in the EU.
The Transport Safety Commission – a newly-formed body with 16 members drawn from the UK Parliament and from the air, rail and road safety professions and related sectors – is calling for
New figures reveal the least well off families in the UK have slipped further into transport poverty.
English councils have made another record surplus from their parking activities.
A record number of people are now reliant on a car or van to go to work with dependence high even in urban areas.
The RAC Foundation has broadly welcomed moves by the government to reduce insurance costs by blocking false claims for whiplash injuries.
The RAC Foundation has welcomed the publication by the Transport Select Committee of the results of its inquiry into local authority parking enforcement.
Figures analysed by the RAC Foundation show that between them local authorities in Scotland made an annual net surplus of £29 million from their parking activities.
The Department for Transport has published a report it commissioned from the Transport Research Laboratory to investigate the potential benefits of graduated licensing for young drivers.
The Chancellor George Osborne has told the Conservative Party conference that he hopes to freeze fuel duty until May 2015 if the money is available.
The number of older people with driving licences has exceeded the four million mark.
The Highways Agency has announced an 'informal consultation' on the next stage of upgrading the A14 in Cambridgeshire between Cambridge itself and Huntingdon.
Figures analysed by the RAC Foundation show the vast majority of local authorities in England generate a surplus from their parking activities.
Barnet Council in London acted unlawfully when it increased the cost of residents' parking permits to raise revenue.
Placing conditions on the licences of young drivers could reduce fatal accidents amongst this group by more than a half.
The RAC Foundation has warmly welcomed the publication of the report by the Mayor of London’s Roads Task Force and supports the bulk of its recommendations.
Responding to the Comprehensive Spending Review, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:
On the eve of the comprehensive spending review the latest RAC Foundation audit of English road building shows that progress has been made by government in improving capacity.
Only one in 16 people believe government would spend the money raised from a new system of motorway charging on the motorway network itself.
The RAC Foundation has given oral evidence to the Transport Select Committee as part of its inquiry into local authority parking enforcement.
Analysis of data for 551 fixed speed cameras in 9 areas shows that on average the number of fatal and serious collisions in their vicinity fell by more than a quarter (27%) after their installation.
The former chairman of Ford of Britain has been appointed to lead the RAC Foundation.
A combination of more frequent and more extreme weather events will mean drivers having to change their habits and expectations.
Sales of electric cars are set to fall far short of official expectations.
The 35 million drivers in the UK are increasingly at the mercy of international traders and global events as North Sea oil reserves shrink.
Previously unpublished data from the annual Labour Force Survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics shows that in 2011 an estimated 73,000 people were seriously or slightly hurt in
The Chancellor has announced that a planned 1.89p cost of living increase in the rate of fuel duty per litre has been scrapped.
The current rate of duty is 57.95p per litre of petrol and diesel. It has been at this level since March 2011.
The poorest ten per cent of car-owning households in the UK are mired in transport poverty and are spending at least 27% of their disposable income on buying and running a vehicle.
Each year hundreds of thousands of drivers could be making the wrong decision about their ability to drive because they lack the tools or advice to adequately assess their skills behind the wheel.
The Office of Fair Trading says the rises in petrol and diesel prices over the past ten years are largely caused by increases in taxation and oil prices and not a lack of competition.
The recent bleak winter weather is likely to have reduced the number of people being killed and seriously injured on Britain’s roads.
The Department for Transport has issued new guidance on the setting of speed limits.
The number of households with four or more cars has soared by 51 per cent to nearly half a million over the past decade.
The Chancellor has announced that the 3p (+VAT) rise in fuel duty planned for January has been cancelled with the next scheduled rise now due in September 2013.
The Government has announced an extra £1 billion of investment in road schemes as part of the Autumn Statement.
The largest single area of household expenditure in Britain is Transport.
At least two and a half million more women have driving licences in Great Britain today than 15 years ago.
Analysis by the RAC Foundation shows that 87% of car-owning households in the UK are located within 5 miles of a supermarket petrol station.
The roads minister will be part of the RAC Foundation team aiming to win its class in the RAC Future Car Challenge on Saturday 3rd November.
Transport for London has launched the second phase of its consultation on building two new river crossings including the Silvertown Tunnel.
Government officials are considering introducing a two-tier system of road tax, according to the media.
After more than two decades of misery for drivers the Government has banned the use of clamps on private land in most cases.
Commenting on the news that the Office of Fair Trading is calling for evidence on the petrol and diesel market, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:
The number of drivers breaking the 30 mph speed limit has dropped by a third in twelve years.
The Department for Transport makes Average Annual Daily Flow (AADF) calculations based on traffic counts on key routes.
Figures analysed by the RAC Foundation show the majority of local authorities in England generate a surplus from their parking activities.
Commenting on the call made by the Transport Select Committee for the need for Government to show more leadership on the issue of road safety, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC
The RAC Foundation has broadly welcomed the DfT's decision to take forward the A14 enhancement scheme while considering alternative ways to fund it.
The rise in the number of vehicles and the shortage of parking spaces means millions of front gardens have been paved over to make room for cars.
Two years after the Government announced major cuts in road safety funding, figures suggest fixed speed cameras continue to be used in most areas of England.
The success of the Boris bike scheme in London could pave the way across the UK for one-way car clubs based on the same idea.
After a decline every year since 2003 the number people killed on Britain's roads increased in 2011 to 1,901. This compares to the 1,850 people who died the year before.
The Chancellor has announced in the House of Commons that he is scrapping the 3p rise in fuel duty scheduled for 1 August. It will now take place in January 2013.
During her sixty year reign the Queen has presided over a motoring revolution.
Working from home could become a necessity not a choice says Work Wise UK.
Future Chancellors of the Exchequer will need to fill the hole in the public finances caused by a relentless decline in the amount of revenue collected from fuel duty and VED.
The RAC Foundation has welcomed news that the £109 million Kinskerswell Bypass in Devon has been given the go ahead.
Despite soaring fuel prices at home, UK drivers are in for an even bigger shock as they head to the Continent over the Easter break.
Nottingham has finally introduced a workplace parking levy nearly two and a half years after the City Council gave it the go-ahead.
The 2012 LowCVP Annual Conference, sponsored by Michelin, will take place at ExCel, London Docklands on Thursday 10 May alongside the EcoVelocity low carbon motor show which will run at ExCel from 10-13 May.
The Chancellor has confirmed the 3p rise in fuel duty planned for August 2012.
Commenting on David Cameron's speech that the Government is thinking of having more private sector involvement in the running and funding of the road network, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of
An estimated four fifths of the UK’s 26 million households are in what could be described as ‘transport poverty’.
The RAC Foundation has welcomed news that the Government is not to reduce the frequency of MOT testing in light of the high number of defects being missed by garages.
The Ministry of Justice has announced plans to increase the level of speeding fines to help pay for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
The RAC Foundation has given a cautious welcome to the proposed introduction of lorry road user charging announced today by the Government.
The RAC Foundation has expressed its concern that the Government is planning to go ahead with the HS2 link between London and Birmingham.
Despite three years of economic downturn the number of cars in Great Britain stands at a record level.
Only a fifth (19%) of Great Britain's 28 million cars are put away in a garage each night.
The members of a Government sponsored review into the problem of potholes on local authority roads have published their interim report.
The National Audit Office has raised concerns on just how much knowledge the Department for Transport has on the benefits to be had from spending on the railways.
The RAC Foundation has received Royal recognition for its range of road safety research work.
Designated drivers will be rewarded in more than 8,000 pubs and student union bars across the country as part of the THINK! Christmas drink drive campaign, launched today by Road Safety Minister Mike Penning.
The RAC Foundation has welcomed the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in which he said he would scrap the proposed rise in the fuel duty due on 1st January 2012 and bring forward a large-scale
There will be at least four million more cars on the UK’s roads in the next twenty-five years as the population grows by more than ten million.
Almost one hundred high-value road schemes that could be implemented relatively quickly and contribute to the growth agenda are sitting on the shelf waiting for funds.
Only a third of councils surveyed by the RAC Foundation say they have installed public charging points for electric vehicles, and the promotion of green vehicles varies significantly between local
The RAC Foundation has responded with concern after new figures from the Department for Transport show more people are dying on the roads, though the number of overall casualties has fallen.
There is just over a week to go before presenter of Channel 4’s Grand Designs drives the official RAC Foundation entry in this year’s RAC Future Car Challenge.
The RAC Foundation has broadly welcomed the publication of the Government's Signing the Way Review which sets out a "policy framework for ensuring that the traffic sign system in Great Britain meets
The presenter of Channel 4’s Grand Designs will drive the official RAC Foundation entry in this year’s RAC Future Car Challenge.
The RAC Foundation has reacted cautiously to the Goverment announcement that it is to consult on raising the speed limit on motorways from 70 to 80 miles per hour.
The RAC Foundation and Campaign for Better Transport have joined forces to express serious concerns about transport aspects of the Government’s new planning proposals.
The CBI has called for Government to allow the private sector to fund and build new toll roads.
Drivers of cars using unleaded petrol are in for a shock when they fill up in some of the most popular holiday destinations on the continent.
The LowCVP is calling for nominations for the second Low Carbon Champions Awards which will be presented at a gala reception to take place on November 14 at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster.
Just 215 electric cars were bought under a Government scheme to encourage the take-up of green vehicles in its second three months of operation.
The RAC Foundation has joined four former road safety ministers and several road safety organisations warning government not to lack ambition in its efforts to reduce future deaths on the roads.
Provisional figures released by the Department for Transport show that 1,857 people died on the roads in 2010, a 16% fall on the previous year and the lowest amount since records began in 1926.
The Government has lanched a public consultation over its plans to increase the tolls on the Dartford Crossings from £1.50 for a car to £2.50 by early 2012.
The RAC Foundation has broadly welcomed the Government's latest announcement on how it will promote a charging infrastructure for plug-in electric cars though it has warned that the favoured option
Swindon is set to trial smart traffic lights which turn to red if approaching drivers are breaking the speed limit.
Drivers of low-carbon cars could face massive increases in their fuel bills if the Treasury is not to face shortfalls in the amount of tax it gets from drivers.
Road accidents eclipse stabbings, shootings, suicide by hanging and substance abuse combined as the biggest killer of the young, other than illness.
Six thousand lives could be saved on Britain’s roads over the next ten years if just a fraction of the money currently spent on road maintenance was used more effectively.
Four out of five motorists support the introduction of compulsory eye tests for drivers each decade.
Commenting on the 2011 Budget, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation said:
The Government has ignored the recommendations of the North Review and decided not to reduce the drink-drive limit from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg.
The cost of petrol and diesel is now seen by the public as the most serious transport challenge the Government must address.
Britain should be braced for a possible increase in the number of road deaths because of cuts to the road safety budget and traffic growth caused by economic recovery.
Commenting on the launch of the Government’s consultation on a new high speed rail link between London and Birmingham, and beyond, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation said:
Ever think you are spending more time sitting at the lights? Well you probably are, because the number of sets of traffic lights in Britain jumped by some 30 per cent between 2000 and 2008.
A proposed new law aimed at banishing cowboy clampers could simply allow them to move on to other methods of enforcement unchecked.
A ‘whole of life’ approach is necessary to ensure people of all ages regularly self-assess their fitness to drive.
Government grants alone will not create the green revolution ministers want to see in the car market.
The Prime Minister has again said the Treasury is looking at how it might implement a fuel duty stabiliser to help motorists avoid the pain of record petrol and diesel prices.
The 0.76p increase in fuel duty - combined with the rise in VAT to 20% - will hit drivers hard.
High speed rail will suck money from both road and public transport schemes only to create a service which will be predominantly the preserve of the rich.
The RAC Foundation has welcomed the news that at least nine cars will soon be available to those buyers taking advantage of the government’s ultra-low carbon car grant scheme which begins in
On the eve of the Daylight Savings Bill debate in parliament on a three-year trial to put forward the clocks in the UK, the RAC Foundation has backed the Lighter Later campaign.
Eight hundred more people could be killed or seriously injured each year on Britain’s roads if all the fixed and mobile speed cameras operational before the road safety grant was cut this
Attempts to cut carbon emissions from cars are unlikely to be thwarted by a lack of technical innovation, but could be hampered by the cost of the product.
The Winer Resilience Review - led by David Quarmby, chairman of the RAC Foundation - has published its final report to coincide with the Government's release of a new 'Snow Code' for householders.
Commenting on the impact of the CSR on London, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation said:
Commenting on the Comprehensive Spending Review, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:
A former high ranking civil servant claims road user charging is the biggest unresolved issue facing transport and the coalition government must put policy above politics.
On Saturday 9 October, five cars and crews took part in a trial run of the Royal Automobile Club's new RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge, which will take place on Saturday 6 November.
On the same day singer George Michael is jailed for crashing his car whilst under the influence of cannabis the RAC Foundation has given evidence on drink and drug driving to a televised session of
The motoring research charity the RAC Foundation has become a sponsor of the Royal Automobile Club's new Brighton to London Future Car Challenge taking place in November.
A fundamental re-assessment of how road safety education is implemented and evaluated is needed to make sure schemes are delivering real benefits in terms of lives saved and money spent.
The RAC Foundation has welcomed Government plans finally to take action on clamping on private property.
Cash-strapped councils are being tempted to break the law by setting parking charges to raise money to run other services.
The RAC Foundation has welcomed the Government’s intention to install ‘drugalysers’ at all police stations by 2012 to avoid the need for blood tests to collect evidence for possible
All 72 fixed speed cameras in Oxfordshire could be switched off within days.
THE most innovative solutions to greener transport across a range of sectors were honoured at a new awards ceremony.
The RAC Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the LowCVP's 2010 Annual Conference held at Twickenham Stadium.
A fundamental shift in the way England’s roads are managed and paid for is essential if the country is to avoid traffic gridlock in the coming decades.
Fuel prices are still set to rise significantly even though the Chancellor has not announced any increases in duty in the budget.
Road Safety Partnerships are facing a ‘catastrophic’ future as funding cuts bite. This is the warning from an expert involved in saving lives on the highways.
A government-commissioned review of the drink-driving law has concluded that the blood-alcohol limit should be reduced.
Drivers wrongly targeted by clampers on private land might have to wait at least another two years for an independent appeals service.
The Department for Transport has given more details of the £309 million worth of cuts being made to local authority grants in the coming months.
The Mayor of London has announced the charge for the central congestion charge zone is to rise by 25% - from £8 to £10.
An official looking sign has foxed motorists using a country road between Wheatley and Waterperry in Oxfordshire, but you won’t find mention of it in the drivers’ bible.
The RAC Foundation is backing a green travel challenge launched by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and Energy Saving Trust.
The RAC Foundation has received the prestigious Herbert Crow Memorial Award in recognition of its 2009 report The Car in British Society.
For all the political and media debate about national insurance, it is the level of fuel duty payable at the pumps which is seen by the public as the more important tax issue at the election.
The 3.7 million drivers born before the War are amongst the safest people on our roads, and forcing them to take compulsory retests will limit their mobility, be hard to police and do little to
The state of the roads is the single largest transport issue concerning voters ahead of the general and local elections on 6th May.
A full-scale review of the amount of time roads are closed after serious accidents is urgently needed.
Commenting on the Liberal Democrats rail expansion plans, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:
Commenting on the Transport Select Committee’s report on the major road network, Professor Stephen, director of the RAC Foundation said:
David Quarmby CBE, the chairman of the RAC Foundation, has been appointed by Lord Adonis to lead an independent review into the impact of the extreme weather of last winter on transport.
Commenting on the announcement in the budget that the planned increase in fuel duty would be staggered, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:
Commenting on the fuel duty rise planned for 1st April, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:
A new high speed rail line costing taxpayers tens of billions of pounds will do nothing to improve the daily journeys of the vast majority of the country’s travelling public.
The Conservatives have turned down an opportunity to see the official, independent, report into a new north-south high speed rail link.
A new high speed rail line will cost the taxpayer billions of pounds, but benefit only a relatively small group of wealthy travellers.
As the UK braces itself for the return of wintery weather, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that whilst councils are replenishing salt stocks as fast as possible everyone would need
There has been a big rise in the number of motorists in England using hand-held mobile phones behind the wheel – despite research which shows such behaviour severely impairs reactions times.
The RAC Foundation has welcomed news that Glasgow City Council is trebling its roads spending because of the pothole damage caused by the cold weather.
After a concerted campaign by the RAC Foundation, the Government has finally agreed to introduce legislation which will give motorists clamped on private land access to an independent appeals service.
Dear Sir/Madam, If parking charges should not primarily be used to raise revenue, then what excuse might Westminster Council have for their proposed extension of parking restrictions?
Transport for London has announced that a 7.5 mile stretch of the A13 is to be covered by average speed cameras - though at the same time the speed limit will actually rise from 40 mph to 50 mph.
Commenting on the Government's proposals to introduce a £15 victims’ levy on fixed penalty notices, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:
The Government’s delay in publishing the long awaited report on a new north-south high speed rail link will undermine public debate on transport in the run up to a general election.
Commenting on the removal of speed cameras in Swindon and figures on casualty rates at former camera sites, Professor Stephen Glaister said:
The number of people holding wheel clamping licences has actually increased since the Government consulted on ways to control the industry earlier this year.
Commenting on the Chancellor’s pre-budget report, the director of the RAC Foundation Professor Stephen Glaister said:
The Taxpayers’ Alliance has today (25) published research detailing the income from parking enforcement collected by all UK councils.
A new high speed rail line in the UK may produce, at best, only very modest environmental benefits, despite the supposed green credentials often cited by politicians.
The Mayor of London is in danger of becoming pre-occupied with minority-focused transport schemes, and high-cost initiatives rather than concentrating on the fundamental travel problems faced by
Half of the lowest income households* now own a car and have to spend 17p of every pound earned on motoring.
Over half of all motorists would rather take the chance of being stuck in a traffic jam than get on public transport.
Commenting on the publication of the Transport Select Committee report, Taxes and Charges on Road Users, the director of the RAC Foundation Professor Stephen Glaister said:
David Quarmby CBE has been appointed as the new chairman of the Royal Automobile Club Foundation, the motoring charity.
Clamping companies are acting illegally by imposing an exorbitant charge for releasing cars that have been clamped or towed away.
Commenting on the news that National Express has handed back its East Coast rail franchise, transport economist and director of the RAC Foundation, Professor Stephen Glaister, said:
Commenting on the release of the latest road casualty figures by the Department for Transport, Professor Stephen Glaister, Director of the RAC Foundation, said:
Commenting on a European day of action to highlight the dangers of level crossings, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation said:
Ignoring value for money evidence and promoting rail over road schemes puts the Government at risk of failing to meet all-important Treasury targets.
It carries a third of all road traffic. It is fundamental to the social and economic welfare of this country. And it has a length twice that of the railways.
Responding to the strike on London Underground, Philip Gomm a spokesman for the RAC Foundation said:
As many as a fifth of Britain's 34 million motorists are planning to buy an electric car within the next five years or would consider doing so.
At least 1.2 million British drivers have already had their cars clamped on private land and this weekend the toll is set to rise as unscrupulous operators take advantage of unwary motorists heading
In the last eleven years 337 people have died in UK air accidents. In the same period 114 have died in train accidents. And 53 people have been killed in UK territorial waters or on UK registered vessels.
Commenting on today's [Friday 1st May 2009] Which? Car motorway survey, Philip Gomm of the RAC Foundation said:
Commenting on the launch of the 14th Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) Survey* Philip Gomm, Head of External Communications at the RAC Foundation said:
Commenting on the increase in fuel duty the director of the RAC Foundation, Professor Stephen Glaister, said:
Forget about buses and trains. The car is the real form of public transport in this country.
With a busy Easter weekend predicted on the roads it is important for drivers to make sure the tyres on their cars are ready for the getaway.
The Royal Automobile Club Foundation has today welcomed the news that the Government at last looks set to tighten the regulations on 'cowboy clampers'.
This is how the Royal Automobile Club Foundation and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders are today describing the Government's approach to pricing carbon emissions in their joint report
Professor Stephen Glaister will speak on the subject of Investing in Transport Infrastructure in Challenging Economic Times on the 30th April 2009 at Bircham Dyson Bell, London
The RAC Foundation has warned the Department for Transport that focusing too closely on building new railways ignores the economic disadvantages of doing so, when compared to new road building.
The RAC Foundation is warning millions of motorists they could be facing combined fines of almost a billion pounds because they have failed to change their driving licence details after moving home.
First came the ice and snow. Then came the damage - gaping potholes and cracked road surfaces. Now comes the big question. Is there the money to repair them?
On the day Lord Ahmed has been jailed for dangerous driving, evidence that he sent and received text messages whilst travelling at speeds of up to 60mph on a motorway before being involved in a fatal
This Saturday, young couples all over the country will be going out for what should be the most romantic day of the year - St. Valentine's Day.
Over a quarter of all fatalities on our roads happen when a motorist has driven at speeds inappropriate for local conditions.
With every political party now presenting new policy ideas by the day, lessons should be learnt from the successes and failures of past transport manifestos, according to the Royal Automobile Club
Road users deserve a new deal and urgently, according to Professor Stephen Glaister, Director of the Royal Automobile Club Foundation speaking today at the conference ‘Driving Forward Our
Many motorists will have been glad to see an end to sub-zero temperatures this week but the Royal Automobile Club Foundation is today (13) urging motorists not to become complacent about winter driving.
Top to toe in tailbacks. An all too familiar sight for drivers over the Christmas break, as they try to call by on friends and family across the country to share the festive cheer.
Petrol prices have a significant impact on the transport choices of low earners and are becoming much more important for social policy according to Professor Stephen Glaister, Director of the Royal
The Chancellor’s plans to promote hard shoulder running is not an adequate answer to managing future growth in road traffic, according to the Royal Automobile Club Foundation, who are today (5)
Our national motorway and trunk road network is a vital part of our economy and has a far reaching impact on all our lives.
On the fifth anniversary of the introduction of law making the use of hand-held mobile phones whilst driving illegal, the RAC Foundation is urging drivers to switch off their phones whilst driving
Car use reduction polices could have unforeseen economic and social consequences according to Elizabeth Dainton, Research Development Manager for the Royal Automobile Club Foundation, speaking today
All road users can support this year's National Anti-Bullying week (17 - 21 November) by brushing up on their knowledge of the rules of the road.
Road building myths and misconceptions do not stand up to close scrutiny according to the Royal Automobile Club Foundation which is today publishing 'Myths and exaggerations about roads and road
According to the RAC Foundation, a dangerous concoction of darker evenings and 'trick or treaters' running around in black cloaks and witches hats could spell out a nightmare for drivers and
A billion pounds of public transport fare cuts would reduce car travel by less than half a percent, according to the Royal Automobile Club Foundation’s latest research paper, ‘Public
A scheme to encourage the scrapping of old cars to increase the rate at which motorists trade them for newer, more fuel-efficient models, could achieve environmental benefits according to new
5th December 2008 is the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Britain’s first motorway, the Preston By-Pass, now part of the M6 in Lancashire.
Over two thirds of accidents and almost half of all road deaths occur in our towns and cities*, according to the RAC Foundation, who are today highlighting the dangers of texting whilst driving in
Business travel is a necessity in which 82% of businesses describe the car as central to their business operations* according to Professor Stephen Glaister, Director of the Royal Automobile Club
Commenting on the membership of the National Economic Council, Professor Stephen Glaister, Director of the RAC Foundation, said "It is difficult to see how the National Economic Council can fulfil
50 per cent of retired people between the ages of 65 and 74 volunteer* services including befriending, home visiting, and escorting patients to and from hospital.
Welsh trunk roads should be retained as roads for movement according to Elizabeth Dainton, Research Development Manager from the Royal Automobile Club Foundation speaking at the Wales Road Safety
Welcoming the news that 229 fewer people were killed on the UK's roads in 2007 than in 2006, bringing the total number of fatalities below 3,000 for the first time ever, the RAC Foundation’s
Texting behind the wheel impairs driving skills more than being drunk or high, according to new research carried out by TRL for the Royal Automobile Club Foundation, published today (18).
Car use is an important contributor to wellbeing in old age which should be recognised and planned for according to Elizabeth Dainton, Research Development Manager for the Royal Automobile Club
High fuel prices, the credit crunch and the economic slowdown have given motorists a break from congestion, with jams down 12 per cent on 2007, according to Trafficmaster and the RAC Foundation.
Seventeen million motorists* are taking a 'tread-bare' approach to vehicle maintenance, according to the RAC Foundation, who are today (15) emphasising the dangers of tired tread and wrongly inflated
Greening the fleet is vital if motoring is to meet the environmental challenges ahead, but there are other and better ways to achieve this than the measures recommended by the Committee.
Up to three million UK motorists could be risking tyre problems this summer by not checking the age and condition of their tyres, according to the RAC Foundation today (31 July) at the launch of an
The Royal Automobile Club Foundation welcomes the findings of the A12 Inquiry, launched by Essex County Council in April, and calls on Government to restore the route to 'national' strategic road
The scrapping of the planned October 2p fuel duty rise provides light relief for the struggling motorists, but it does not go far enough, according to the RAC Foundation.
Owning a car improves people's quality of life by one-third, but authorities are not doing enough to plan for increased travel demand, according to the Royal Automobile Club Foundation's new report,
Treasury plans to raise over £2 billion from Britain's road users before 2011, will cost the road user four times more than would be saved by persuading the Chancellor to drop the 2p October
Describing these results as "a great achievement for everyone working towards safer roads" the RAC Foundation welcomed the news that 229 fewer people were killed on the UK's roads in 2007 than in 2006.
Travel remains a vital ingredient for business success despite pressures including congestion, soaring fuel prices and stricter health and safety responsibilities, according to Elizabeth Dainton,
Road transport myths need to be quashed if the UK is to build a solid and realistic foundation for roads policy according to Stephen Glaister, Director of the Royal Automobile Club Foundation,
More haste, less speed is needed when it comes to implementing 20mph zones, according to Elizabeth Dainton, Research Development Manager from the Royal Automobile Club Foundation speaking at a one
Responding to today's announcement by Secretary of State Ruth Kelly that Manchester's Transport Innovation Fund bid has been approved by the Department for Transport, the Royal Automobile Club
Motorists could save up to three quarters* of their rising fuel bills by taking or giving a ‘lift’ and ‘sharing’ the cost of their journey to work according to the Royal
Motorists can cut their fuel bills by almost ten pence in the pound this weekend if they adopt smarter driving habits, according to the Royal Automobile Club Foundation,* launching its tips for
Motorists are getting poor value for money from today’s ‘high tax – low investment’ economy, according to a new analysis released today by the Royal Automobile Club Foundation (30).
The Royal Automobile Club Foundation welcomes these proposed reforms, which strike a good balance between supporting young people in their learning and making the test more representative of
The appointment of leading transport expert Professor Stephen Glaister CBE as the new Director of the Royal Automobile Club Foundation has been announced today (25 April).
The news of the death of Miss Gwyneth Dunwoody MP has been met with great sadness at the Royal Automobile Club Foundation.
Urgent and decisive action is needed to bring a halt to the motoring misery caused by over-running road works, according to the RAC Foundation, as the 2008 ALARM survey reveals today (2) for the
Almost half of motorists admit that they become "hot crossed bunnies" behind the wheel, behaving differently towards other people then when not driving, according to new poll results published by the
The Royal Automobile Club Foundation has welcomed the decision to delay the 2p fuel duty increase as "the only bright spot in a budget that seemingly does nothing positive for the motorist."
The rising cost of fuel is squeezing UK household spending according to the RAC Foundation analysis of the 2007 Family Spending Survey, published today.
The Royal Automobile Club Foundation has appointed Rodney Kumar to the position of Media Relations Manager, for a sixth month period effective 3 March.
Sixteen centuries on and little improvement has been made to UK roads since Roman Times, according to a new RAC Foundation paper: ‘What Went Wrong? British Highway Development before the
New technologies will not solve Britain's transport problems unless the public have a desire to understand and buy-in to such systems, according to Elizabeth Dainton, Research Development Manager for
Hard Shoulder running is a sensible use of existing capacity. But it is not a substitute for a long-term strategic approach to the UK's road transport needs.
A survey of 2,000 Facebook users has alarmingly revealed that 45% of UK drivers use short message services (SMS) whilst driving.
Commenting on today’s (12) announcement for an emission based congestion charge for London Sheila Rainger, Acting Director for the RAC Foundation, said;
The RAC Foundation is an independent charity that works to promote the economic, environmental, mobility and safety issues relating to use of motor vehicles.
Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee's report, which found that Vehicle Excise Duty evasion has risen to 5% in 2006, and that rising numbers of vehicles are not on the DVLA's databases at all,
Almost one in five young people (18 – 24) got into a car this Christmas believing the driver was over the limit, according to survey data released today (17) by the RAC Foundation.
New year diet fads can lead to more than yo-yo weight-loss, according to the RAC Foundation, who are today (7) highlighting the impact that food can have on driving ability.
Twelfth Night this Sunday marks the end of the Christmas celebrations, but there are still reasons for motorists to be cheerful on the roads this weekend, according to new analysis released by the
The Seven Deadly Sins of Motoring are causing havoc on UK roads which could be avoided by better behaviour behind the wheel, claims the RAC Foundation today.
Motorists could double their risk of a winter accident simply by driving home for Christmas, warns the RAC Foundation today.
An illegal street racing culture is being promoted on many internet sites and will lead to escalating numbers of deaths if not stopped, according to the Royal Automobile Club Foundation.
The RAC Foundation announces today that its Executive Director, Edmund King, will be leaving the Foundation at the end of the year to take up a new appointment.
The RAC Foundation is disappointed to learn that plans to tunnel the A303 at Stonehenge have been indefinitely shelved by the Government today on grounds of cost.
The Government has some tough decisions to make if it wants to avoid one thousand miles of severe congestion by 2041, according to a new RAC Foundation report based on research from a leading
Motorways in the UK are the most congested amongst the European Union's 25 nations, according to the latest figures in Road File 2007/08, revealed by the RAC Foundation's director, Edmund King, in a
The majority of business travellers rely on the car as public transport is not 'fit for purpose', according to a major new study launched today (12) by the Royal Automobile Club Foundation and the
Over half of all small businesses have opted for wired working on the virtual superhighway to reduce their business travel according to the Royal Automobile Club Foundation's Research Development
Up to one and a half million motorists could be at higher risk of being involved in an accident following the end of British Summer Time this weekend, according to the RAC Foundation today, backing
Millions of motorists risk being caught in the worst traffic congestion of the year tonight, warn Trafficmaster and the RAC Foundation.
The Government appears to have hit a brick wall in trying to convince the public about road pricing, according to the director of the RAC Foundation in a key note speech at the National Transport
Commenting on the Pre-Budget Report and Comprehensive Spending Review, the RAC Foundation welcomed the commitment to an increase in transport spending but stressed that a greater proportion must be
Commenting on Road Casualties Great Britain 2006, released this morning (27), Sheila Rainger, Head of Campaigns for the RAC Foundation, said:-
Seventy-one percent of UK workers commute by car, but, contrary to popular belief, those in the North-West of England are subject to the most hazardous commute, according to a new report released
Up to 70% of the signs on our rural roads are unnecessary and could be removed, according to Paul Miner, CPRE’s planning campaigner, speaking today at the IHIE Conference in Loughborough.
Politicians planning for prosperity must work with, not against, motorists, according to Edmund King, speaking at the Liberal Democrat Autumn conference today.
The RAC Foundation described the road transport aspects of the Conservative “Blueprint for a green Economy” as a “Blueprint for a gridlocked economy” which will stall economic