NEWS RELEASE – War on motorist is a myth

Posted on December 12, 2012

Scottish Greens are hitting out as transport statistics show the cost of running a car has fallen while people who rely on buses and trains have been forced to pay ever more.

Figures from government agency Transport Scotland show that the cost of purchasing a car has fallen by 20 per cent in cash terms over the last ten years. They also show that while the cost of running a vehicle has risen by 32 per cent in the same period, it is less than the 36 per cent increase in the retail price index, so a real terms fall.

By contrast the costs of bus and rail fares have risen by a massive 62 per cent over the same period, a real times increase.

Patrick Harvie, MSP for Glasgow and transport spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

“At Westminster we hear politicians promising to end the so-called war on the motorist. And at Holyrood we see the larger parties banging the drum for more roads and cheaper petrol.

“The real war is being waged against those who rely on buses and trains. Recently we’ve seen the transport minister cut funding for buses and rail improvement projects, while moving quickly to blow his budget on new roads that will simply enourage more car use.

“Proper investment in public transport, with electrified rail routes, a green bus fleet and a cap on fares would help with economic recovery, our climate change obligations and help foster a more equal society. Where is the government’s vision?”