The war on the motorist is over. That was the message last week from George Osborne as he announced plans to spend billions more on building roads across the country.
His announcement was quickly followed by an interview with Labour’s new shadow transport secretary Michael Dugher in which he promised that drivers would no longer be “demonised” by his party.
"I want to be a transport secretary not a train-spotter and there have been too many train-spotters in the job," he told the Mirror.
But where is the evidence that motorists have been demonised in favour of public transport users as Dugher suggests?
Because if you look at this analysis by the RAC Foundation we see a rather different picture.
Far from being under siege, motorists have actually seen their costs frozen and cut in real terms over the past ten years.
While some motoring costs have increased, the cost of purchasing a car has gone down massively, while the government has announced successive cuts to planned fuel dutyRead More »from The 'war on the motorist' is a myth