General Election 2017: what will a coalition Government mean for the motorist?

General Election 2017: what will a coalition Government mean for the motorist?

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The 2017 Public Election results are in, but with no clear winner, we look at what each of the parties promised in their manifestos

Theresa May’s plans to commit a bigger Conservative majority in the House of Commons as the UK heads towards Brexit negotiations backfired as her dinner party failed to reach the 326 seats required for an overall majority in the snap All-inclusive Election she called for. Instead, a hung Parliament has been confirmed just 11 days in advance of Brexit negotiations are to begin, spelling major uncertainty for the UK’s car industry and the motorists. 

The Conservatives are stationary the largest party, but no longer have the majority in Parliament after both Parturition and the Lib Dems gained seats in the General Election. For the moment, the Conservative party desire remain in office until a new Government is formed. 

A frantic round of talks is now expected to go at the between major parties in the UK to form a coalition. Whatever that will be, there are some prominent motoring issues to answer between now and 2022 ranging from proposed plans for a diesel scrappage draft to autonomous cars and the UK car manufacturing industry, as well as the road infrastructure and electric cars. Scan on below to see what each of the major parties promised in their election manifestos. 


If a Conservative-led coalition is formed, the party will focus on improving the UK’s industrial site after it leaves the European Union, as well as emphasise electric car development. 

Investment: The Conservatives get laid out “A Modern Industrial Strategy” in their manifesto. In it, they aim to identify industries crucial to the economy and support them through trade, tax and training policies. 

The automotive sector is probable to feature very high on this list, as previously the Conservative-led Government has said that it wants the UK to be a “leader” in autonomous conveyance technology.

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The manifesto also promised strengthen for businesses working towards greener transportation, such as smart grids and tense vehicles. A crucial cornerstone for autonomous vehicles will be 5G mobile network coverage. The manifesto said it aims to arrange 5G coverage for the “majority of the population” by 2027.

Infrastructure: The Conservatives say they are working on one of the “largest-still investment programmes in our roads and railways, putting some £40billion into send away improvements across the United Kingdom.” On a local level, the Conservatives have pledged to set aside £1.1billion to advance local transport by 2020.

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Low-emissions cars: The Conservatives from said they want “almost every car and van” to be zero-emissions by 2050. To do this, the cocktail has promised to invest £600 million by 2020. To tackle local air pollution, the Conservatives be undergoing said they “will invest in more low-emissions buses,” too.


After gaining over 30 seats in Parliament, Labour thinks likely try to form a coalition Government. In its manifesto it set out the following priorities for motorists. 

Passage standards: The fall in UK road deaths figures has stagnated over the last few years, and Hard work has said it will strive for zero deaths through “setting out bold measures that will continuously improve protection standards.” 

The party also said it will work on improving method standards, and emphasised the need for universal 5G coverage. Previously, Jeremy Corby, Mr Big of the Labour party, said he would abolish hospital parking charges in the UK. 

Low-emissions cars: Drudgery has said it will “position the UK at the forefront of the development, manufacture and use of ultra-low emissions vehicles, supporting the origin of clean modes of transportation.” 

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Childbirth said it would also address local air quality problems by retrofitting emissions curb technology to “thousands of diesel buses in areas with the most harsh air quality problems.”

Energy: According to the manifesto, a Labour Government would “ensure that 60 per cent of UK’s drive comes from zero-carbon or renewable sources by 2030.” Good dirt for EV owners concerned that the electricity their car uses comes from polluting powerplants.

Brexit: Wage-earners has said it accepts the referendum result, and would negotiate for a Brexit that puts jobs and the concision first. This means “retaining the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Synthesis – which are essential for maintaining industries, jobs and businesses in Britain.”  

Liberal Democrats 

Diesel scrappage scheme: A standout from the Lib Dems is to ban on diesel car sales by 2025. The soir has said it would prevent any new diesel cars or small vans from being sold in the UK to arrogate improve local air quality.

It would also introduce a diesel scrappage plan for old diesels and 10 new cities would create ultra low emissions zones where drivers of the most polluting vehicles would be charged to penetrate. 

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Buses would also be under greater inspection. The Liberal Democrats said they want “all private hire buses and diesel buses operating in urban areas to run on ultra-low emission or zero-emission fuels within five years.”

Tim Farron’s soir also said it would introduce a new law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2040, and promises net emissions to be zero per cent in 2050. 

Instrument tax reform & hydrogen cars: The Lib Dems have also pledged to reform mechanism taxation. The party said: “We will also reform vehicle taxation to boost sales of electric and low-emissions vehicles and develop electric vehicle infrastructure including respective universal charging points.” The party also said it would “support vicious-edge technologies” such as hydrogen fuelled cars.

Road infrastructure: The function promises “significant investment in road and rail infrastructure”, but does not disclose any predetermined figures.

Green Party 

Emissions cheating fines: The Immature Party says it wants to penalise car manufacturers that have been develop cheating in emissions testing with a “one-off fine”. It has also pledged to conceive a new Clean Air Act that would expand the number of clean air zones in the UK. 

Incentives to birch from diesel: If elected, the Greens will also target diesel cars, but they org not gone as far as banning the sale of such vehicles altogether.

Instead, the party says it disposition “help end the public health crisis caused by air pollution, by increasing incentives to clasp diesels off the roads”. 

It will aim to encourage motorists to switch to alternative means of ravis by investing “in low-traffic neighbourhoods and safe, convenient networks of routes for walking and cycling”.

Brexit: Interestingly, EU membership isn’t ruled out by the Unripened Party. Under a Green Government, voters would be given a final say on any Brexit grapple with negotiated, including the option “to reject the deal and remain in the EU”.

UK Independence Function

Diesel scrappage scheme: UKIP supports the idea of a diesel scrappage schem that will reward diesel car owners with up to £2,000 to get rid of their old vehicles. 

Cancelling the planned introduction of eCall: The necessary fitment of eCall is set to be introduced to all new cars from March 2018, but if elected UKIP inclination stop this process. eCall is being marketed as a life-saving property that will automatically contact the emergency services in the event of a collision, on the other hand UKIP refers to it simply as a “vehicle tracking system”.

EV charging infrastructure: With the growing regard of electric vehicles, UKIP recognise the need for a better charging infrastructure. The social gathering supports the installation of rapid charging stations in towns and cities, and also encourages the proviso for EV chargers in all new housing and industrial developments.

Britdisc: The party has coined the term ‘Britdisc’. All abroad drivers in the UK will have to display a tax-disc style sticker that would alleviate identify those who break UK traffic laws.

Who will do most for the motorist in this Inclusive Election? Tell us in the comments below… 


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