A package of measures, unveiled yesterday by shadow transport secretary Damian Green, follows the party's proposals for the better use of speed cameras and speed limits, and heralds action to deal with traffic wardens, road humps, and wheel clampers.
Declared Mr Green: 'The government has spent seven years waging war on motorists. A Conservative government would reverse that with a range of practical policy changes. We recognise that for tens of millions of people driving a car is a necessity, and should not be made a misery by government policy. We will be the intelligent friend of the safe and sensible driver.'
The Conservative proposals aim to make the roads safer for all, as well as working to ease the growing congestion problem on the nation's highways. The five policy proposals are:
1 Restricting traffic wardens to the jobs they are fully trained for, and not acting as pseudo police officers with the power to punish minor motoring offences such as clogging up box junctions or ignoring 'no right turn' signs.
2. Ensuring that local councils cannot insert road humps without consultation and full approval of the emergency services. The London Ambulance Service claimed in 2003 that 'hundreds of deaths every year might be caused by ambulances being delayed in arriving at hospitals'.
3. Freeing up urban roads through car sharing schemes, so that vehicles with two or more adult passengers should be allowed to use bus lanes, easing congestion on the busiest roads.
4. Controlling the work of Wheel Clampers through a formal code of conduct to properly regulate them, and scrapping Security Industry Authority role in controlling wheel clampers.
5. Increasing the use of Vehicle Activated Displays and intelligent road safety systems, especially outside schools and hospitals and where local communities ask for them.