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RAC BACKS INCREASED INVESTMENT AND USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT

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The Royal Automobile Club is about to announce a radical shift in its policy, reports BBC Leicester. ...
The Royal Automobile Club is about to announce a radical shift in its policy, reports BBC Leicester.

The RAC's centenary conference in London will hear calls for the use of private cars to be reduced. The organisation spent more than 90 years successfully promoting the interests of drivers. Five years ago its members told it in a survey that the RAC should be taking an interest in the environment as well, so the great shift in policy began.

The conference today will be told there should be increased investment in public transport and for civilised cities in which mobility and access are assured, but the car no longer dominates. The RAC now wants drivers to link up with public transport and, where possible, to leave them at home.

RAC chief executive Neil Johnston said the government needed to address the needs of all people, not just motorists.

He commented: 'All those people cycling, walking, on the bus and on the railway are also car owners and motorists, and they are demanding an integrated policy that allows them freedom of mobility which they deserve'.
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