Confused.com Finds UK Drivers Are Divided On Government's New Roadworks Idea
Released on: August 31, 2011, 3:12 pm
Confused.com has polled 2000 drivers, asking their opinions on
a new idea from the UK government which could help tackle the problem
of roadworks and the resulting traffic jams. The proposal suggests that
utility companies could pay a 'lane rental' fee to the council if
they choose to dig up the road during busy times*.
UK motorists are divided on the proposal with almost half(49%) saying it's a good
plan and that they can't wait to see it happen and the other half (48%) feeling
that it's not a good idea because utility companies who choose to pay the bills
will pass these costs onto the consumer. The remainder were undecided.
Gareth Kloet, Head of Car Insurance at Confused.com said: "If these proposals
reduce traffic jams then car owners will have something to smile about. Financially
it’s been a tough few years for drivers. Consumers are paying an average of £858 for
annual comprehensive cover, having seen an increase of £22 in just three months and £170 over 12 months**. Car owners really deserve a break and roads that run freely
will be welcomed by anyone regularly blighted by queues.
"The 'lane rental' fees could be a good incentive for companies to complete jobs
more quickly reducing the potentially dangerous and infuriating situations that
roadworks can create."
Lisa Greenfield, Energy expert at Confused.com added: "With UK energy companies
having recently hiked up their prices, the last thing that customers want is any
sort of extra 'tax' which may end up being paid by the customer. If this proposal
goes ahead then UK households will be hoping that utility companies choose to work
outside of peak hours and not pay the charges because any further hikes in utility
costs would be unpleasant.".
Regionally, Londoners are most in favour of the plans with more than 52% agreeing
that they are a good idea.
Notes to Editors:
The poll of 2000 drivers in the UK was carried out by Onepoll on behalf
ofConfused.com and all figures have been rounded up to the nearest 1%
*See: http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/press-releases/dft-press-20110822 for more details
** Source: Confused.com/Towers Watson Car Insurance Price Index Q2 2011
Confused.com was the UK's first car insurance price comparison site. Confused.com is one of the biggest and most
popular price comparison services. Launched in 2002, it generates over one million
quotes per month. It has expanded its range of comparison products over the last
couple of years to include home insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van
insurance quotes, motorbike insurance
quotes, breakdown cover and energy,
as well as financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and
Confused.com is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free,
objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has
developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk
factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them
great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and
more. Confused.com's service is based on the most up-to-date information provided
by UK suppliers and industry regulators.
Confused.com is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock
Exchange in September 2004. Confused.com is regulated by the FSA.
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