Association of British Drivers
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The Association of British Drivers (ABD) is a libertarian transport lobby group which claims to speak as "the voice of the driver" on a wide range of driving related issues such as opposition to road tolls and road tolls and congestion charging. On its website the ABD states that they advocate "environmental policies based upon sound science rather than politics and hysteria."
Parliamentary advisory council on transport safety (PACTS)
The ABD is a member of the parliamentary advisory council on transport safety (PACTS). When questioned about the ABD, the council's executive director, Rob Gifford, commented: "They are basically libertarians. They turn up at our meetings and make a nuisance of themselves" .
The organisation has become ubiquitous in media debates on transport in Britain, particularly on the issue of speed cameras, even claiming that the cameras "cause road deaths" . The head of road policing for the Association of Chief Police Officers, Richard Brunstrom, is a leading advocate of speed cameras: "Some of the attacks by groups like the Association of British Drivers are so clearly crazy that it helps to cement an alliance in your favour. It's like having the BNP come out against you." ] Brunstrom is regarded by many as an eccentric and the ABD have a web page dedicated to him . John Stalker (ex-Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police) once said:"What have the good people of North Wales done to deserve a Chief constable like Richard Brunstrom?"
On its website the ABD states that "have you noticed how most car orientated websites now have a section on the ubiquitous 'environment'? You could be forgiven for thinking it is a compulsory subject. It is in fact the latest form of political correctness. Green activists have succeeded in brainwashing many people into accepting that the 'environment' is the new god before whom we must all bow down in submission. Well our environment page is different. Our page does not use the 'environment' as a weapon against drivers, our page tells the truth. Find out how emotive scaremongering about pollution and man-made 'global warming' are being used to intimidate you out of your car."
The ABD was incorporated as "Pro-Motor", company number 02945728, on 5 July 1994.
4 King Square
TA6 3DG 
The Association of British Drivers
PO Box 2228
Telephone: 07000 781544
Press line: 0870-444-2535
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
- "Association of British Drivers", Association of British Drivers website, accessed October 2009.
- "About the ABD", Association of British Drivers website, accessed October 2009.
- They call themselves the voice of the driver. But who do they really represent?.
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- "Environment", Association of British Drivers website, accessed October 2009.
- Andrew Clark, "They call themselves the voice of the driver. But who do they really represent?", The Guardian, 3 February 2004
- BBC Top Gear, "Fighting for your rights - the ABD", Top Gear, 12 March 2004
- David Pallister, John Vidal and Kevin Maguire, "Life after Living Marxism: Fighting for freedom - to offend, outrage and question everything", The Guardian, 8 July 2000 (References the ABD. It should be noted that the suggestion of a link between the ABD and Living Marxism was based on two people having the same surname.)
- Companies House, Pro-Motor Company Details, accessed 12 September 2004
- wikipedia:Association of British Drivers