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IAM comments on budget statements on infrastructure and fuel duty

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Comment on budget announcement of £5 billion for infrastructure projects
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “£270 million for managed motorways is good news. In some cases managed motorways have halved the number of crashes.  They also ease congestion and cut carbon emissions.  The extra money for our A roads is also welcome. But while today’s announcement will help, we need serious and sustained investment across the UK’s road network.
“Our roads are crying out for basic maintenance.  Crumbling roads and potholes are a serious problem and a road safety hazard, especially for those on two wheels.”
Comment on plans to cancel 2012 fuel duty increases
IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: “Cancelling fuel duty rises next year is a welcome relief for motorists. But don’t wait for the chancellor to reduce the cost of driving, do it yourself now. The way you drive has a big impact on the amount of fuel you use. If you slow down and leave more of a gap between yourself and the vehicle in front, you won’t need to accelerate and brake so much. That’s two easy ways to reduce your fuel consumption by up to 15 per cent.”

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