Cheaper petrol and fewer potholes head up motorists’ demands

Fairer petrol and diesel pricing (68%) and fewer potholes (66%) are the two areas where motorists most want to see action from 2024’s new government, according to new research.

Also, 45% would like to see moves made to reduce insurance premiums and 32% want to see traffic congestion tackled, shows March’s new monthly Used Car Tracker from Startline Motor Finance.

Paul Burgess, CEO at Startline Motor Finance, said: “Whoever wins power, it seems that motorists very much want to see practical solutions put in place that help to make motoring cheaper and driving easier.

“Increasing fuel and insurance prices are clearly very much on their minds. While the cost of living crisis continues, the impact of high prices at the pumps and rising premiums have a very real effect on ordinary people who own a car.

“Also, there is a sense that the areas where government could have a direct impact – the state of our roads and the way in which traffic is managed – is disappointing. People perhaps feel they are not getting much back for the amount of tax they pay for their motoring.”

Finally, 26% would like more support to buy an electric car and the same percentage want there to be more charging points for these vehicles.

Paul said: “While it has been widely reported that the electric car market has stalled, that’s not really what is happening. Sales of new electric cars remain relatively healthy but we do arguably need to see more help in the used market.

“Our research shows that there is a sizeable minority of people who want to electrify but need support. Other countries have initiatives such as grants and zero percentage loans, and perhaps we need to see something similar here from the new government.”

The Startline Used Car Tracker is compiled monthly for Startline Motor Finance by APD Global Research, well-known in the motor industry for their business intelligence reporting and customer experience programs. This time, 304 consumers and 61 dealers were questioned.

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