The Freedom for Drivers Foundation (FFDF) is an independent organisation that simply represents the views of our supporters who are representative of the mass of road users in the UK. Anyone can register too support our policies. We promote your views to national and local Government bodies, and provide information to our supporters and the general public. We try to counter the misinformation spread by many people on the use of private vehicles, and we promote freedom of choice about how you travel.
This organisation was originally formed by Roger Lawson to deal with traffic and transport issues in the Southeast London. It was subsequently associated with the ABD for some years which is why you will see some references to them on some web pages. However that is no longer the case. This page contains more background information on how the FFDF represents UK motorists. It also covers our policies. Our objective is to provide an active, responsible voice to lobby on behalf of Britain's drivers. We believe that official policies in recent years, both from the national Government and from London bodies such as the Greater London Authority (headed by the Mayor of London) and Transport for London have discriminated against drivers by means of misleading information, obstruction, restriction, delay and taxation.
Road Pricing and Congestion Tolls
The Mayor of London and many other people are promoting road pricing and congestion tolls which will undoubtedly mean even higher taxes for the average road user. In addition it is likely to involve routine surveillance of your every movement and an invasion of your privacy. The consent of the British people has never been sought for these schemes – typically they are justified on erroneous environmental grounds when the real facts are ignored, and the practicality and enormous costs never debated. The London Congestion Charge has not been a success despite claims that it has, and is enormously expensive to operate.
Each year the Government raises over £50 billion in taxes from road users and that’s why we have some of the most expensive fuel in Europe. Only a very small fraction of the money raised is spent on improving our roads (about £7bn). The result — you end up sitting in traffic jams.
Road safety policy has become distorted in the UK by anti-
Speed humps have sprouted everywhere causing major problems for people with medical conditions, delays to emergency vehicles, more noise/air pollution, constant annoyance to road users and much higher costs from vehicle damage. But there is no evidence of any net benefit.
Parking costs are rising rapidly, and provision falling, as local authorities use it as a “demand management” technique to cut traffic – in reality they just make life enormously inconvenient for the typical motorist. Decriminalised parking regulations and fixed penalty notices for bus lane and box junction infringements erode your basic human rights to a fair hearing, and are often used primarily to raise money by local councils in London.
The use of road transport is being attacked on environmental grounds. But air pollution from private cars has been falling substantially and technology is going to make matters even better over the next few years.
Emissions from all kinds of transport are only a fraction of total air pollutants, and those from private cars an even smaller factor. Unreasonable and unnecessary attacks on car usage will not solve any environmental problems. The people questioning the use of private cars are often unreasonably prejudiced or ignore the facts.
This Web Site
This web site does not just explain the our policies. It also contains all the facts and figures to support those policies and is a mine of information on transport issues, particularly in London. Our past newsletters (see Newsletters) which are downloadable from the site in full also contain many relevant articles. The web site and all past newsletters can easily be searched for information that is of interest by using the site Search facility. If you can't find what you are looking for, require specific advice or simply wish to send us some comments, go to the Contact page.
This web site concentrates on traffic and transport issues in London where motorists are particularly harrassed and inconvenienced by the policies of recent Mayors and their supporting bureaucracies.
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