Election 2015: motorists urge new government to reduce the cost of fuel

Nearly three quarters of drivers think a new government should prioritise reducing the cost of fuel, following tomorrow’s general election.

A survey of 1,000 UK motorists by Auto Trader found that 72.5% thought the new government should focus on the cost of fuel, following by fixing potholes (69.5%) and insurance costs (46.1%).

Just over one in 10 (11.5%) thought incentives for new technology development such as driverless cars should be a priority.

However, the majority of drivers don’t think motoring matters will improve whichever party takes power following the election.

Nearly seven in 10 (69.6%) of those surveyed didn’t think anything would change if Labour took control following the election, compared to 72.4% if the Conservatives stayed in power, and 78.2% if a coalition was formed.

Auto Trader’s Market Research Director, Nick King, said: “We haven’t heard too much about the plight of the motorist from any political party in the run up to the election. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that most of those surveyed seemed quite pessimistic, at least when it comes to a focus on motoring issues.

“Perhaps what is more surprising, however, is that fuel costs remain motorists’ number one concern and area of focus for the next government. That finding comes despite a drop in prices over the last 18 months and the fact that a litre of unleaded today costs 6.7% less at the petrol pump than it did during the last general election in 2010.”