Business drivers must not pay price for tackling road congestion – David Brennan, Leaseplan
He commented: ‘The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Infrastructure Plan promise vital improvements for the UK’s road network, but investment cannot end there if the UK is to support business drivers and keep the economy moving. Supporting growth is fundamental for the long-term prospects of our business, our clients and the wider economy.
‘Too many drivers have to accept congestion as a standard part of their daily journeys. Every minute spent queuing in traffic wastes time and money for UK businesses. The Chancellor’s investment in road infrastructure is an important contribution towards easing traffic hotspots, but greater investment is needed to tackle delays in many more areas around the country.
‘In recent months, soaring fuel prices have placed a severe financial strain on businesses. Road travel is a necessity, not a luxury, for many businesses. The Chancellor’s decision to cancel January’s fuel price hike and reduce future duty will be welcomed by business drivers – indeed all drivers – around the country.
‘This financial respite is in danger of being wiped out if the proposal for more toll roads is realised. Tackling congestion is important, but it must not come at an additional cost to business drivers, especially at a time when they are already facing the pressures of a difficult economic climate.’