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Autonomous vehicles will do nothing to tackle today’s transport issues, say campaigners

11 July 2016

Responding to the launch of a Government consultation into the use of ‘self-driving’ technologies in cars on British roads, James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“The Government is pumping millions of pounds into this future technology, whilst everyday transport that people rely on today, like buses, is being starved of investment.  Autonomous vehicles could make the roads safer in the future, but they will do nothing to tackle congestion and could even result in more cars clogging up our streets.

“New technology certainly has its place, but investment is needed now in public transport, cycling and walking to deal with the real transport problems we're facing today.”

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For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors
 

  1. The Department for Transport has today (11 July) launched a public consultation into the use of advanced driver assistance systems and ‘self-driving’ technologies in vehicles on British roads.  
  2. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).