The overwhelming majority of Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) members want the UK to leave the European Union, leading the ‘drivers’ lobby group’ to suggest the same is true of motorists in general.
The ABD survey gauged its membership’s views on EU laws introduced over the past decade which directly impact on drivers.
79% of respondents said they wanted to leave the EU, compared with just 10% who said they would vote to remain. A further 10% were undecided.
Last week, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Road Safety (PACTS) published a paper which, without actually saying so, suggests a ‘Remain’ vote would best serve the interests of road safety.
A separate poll published on 15 June, conducted by the Intelligent Instructor magazine, gauged the views of 200 ADIs and suggests that 50% intended to vote to leave the EU, while 19% remain undecided.
The ABD says the aim of its survey was to discover whether drivers felt changes in European road policy have had a positive, negative or neutral impact on driving in Britain.
Nearly two thirds of respondents (64%) said they felt the EU had had a negative effect on the cost of driving in Britain, compared to just 3% who felt it was positive.
There was ‘strong opposition’ (53%) to plans for halving the number of petrol or diesel cars allowed in urban transport zones by 2030.
60% of those surveyed also opposed the European Parliament’s eCall regulation which, from 2018, will require all new cars and small vans to be fitted with a GPS tracking system to share a vehicle’s location.
In a separate survey commissioned by the ABD and carried out by ComRes, 61% of respondents opposed EU plans to introduce road tolls pricing (a standardised charge per driven kilometre) across the European road network, including Great Britain.
Nigel Humphries, ABD spokesman, said: "Road tolls are a regressive form of taxation that hits low income families the hardest. Pricing families out of their car would mean reduced mobility resulting in a lower quality of life and an additional barrier to finding and travelling to work."
FOOTNOTE: The ABD has subsequently informed us that it has 4,750 members, 575 of whom participated in the Referendum survey.