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Fighting for your rights - the ABD - The bigger picture
[12 March 2004]
The bigger picture

The bigger picture

The bigger picture

The bigger picture

Probably the best-known - and least politically correct - of all the organisations out there sticking up for drivers is the Association of British Drivers (ABD). It was set up by northerner Brian Gregory in 1992 after he could see that drivers were going to continue to be fleeced while getting relatively little in return.

As Gregory says: "We're now at the point where drivers are contributing £43bn to the UK's economy each year, but less than £6bn of that is being spent on the road network. And too much of what is being spent is going on methods of impeding the flow of traffic".

He continues: "It doesn't matter how far back you go, the role of transport in this country has never been properly appreciated. But everything has to move around somehow, whether it's people or goods, and it's about time it was allowed to flow more freely - which is why I set up the ABD."

Although the organisation has a reputation for focusing on speed cameras, it actually gets involved in a lot more besides. Most of its members hand over their 20-quid annual subs because they've been nicked by a roadside box, but their moderate donation to the ABD's coffers allows the group to have an input on issues from road closures to proposals to make speeding penalties far tougher.

Nigel Humphries is one of the ABD's spokesmen: "If you stand back and look at the bigger picture, speed cameras are just another cross that the British driver has to bear. Since Labour swept to power in 1997 they made no secret of the fact that they wanted to see a huge reduction in the number of car journeys being made.

"The government's ten-year plan and the term integrated transport have been forgotten. Despite that, it seems that any possible measure is being used to get people onto the bus - speed cameras, high fuel prices and traffic calming are some of the most obvious. And now we're having to pay a congestion charge to use roads we've paid for many times over. Ah yes, the congestion charge - don't start me on that!"
Page 1: Introduction
Page 2: The bigger picture
Page 3: Give me an E (or three)
Page 4: The eco-lie
Page 5: Measuring what's important
Page 6: ABD action
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