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Campaigners call for caution on driverless cars

30 July 2014
Government today announced support for trialling driverless cars in the UK.

Responding to the Government's announcement of support for driverless cars, Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport, said: "Government support for trials of this technology is welcome, but caution is needed. The UK's busy roads and cities would suffer if the new cars increase traffic and car dependency. We want the Government to broaden its approach and look at how these technologies can be best used across the transport sector, so as to improve safety, manage freight better and improve rail services."

Stephen went on: "Autonomous cars won't remove the need to invest in making walking and cycling safer and more attractive, which we know is essential not only in helping people become more active but in addressing pollution."

 

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For further information please contact Chloë Darlington at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or chloe.darlington@bettertransport.org.uk.

Notes

1. 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).

2. Department for Transport announcement on driverless cars: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-fast-tracks-driverless-cars

2. The National Travel Survey was published yesterday by the Department for Transport, indicating that people are becoming more sedentary.