UKIP’s Transport spokesman Jill Seymour says she is honoured to have been made a patron of the Alliance of British Drivers.
She was invited to take up the position after speaking in support British drivers at the group’s annual meeting held at the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
The Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) is a voluntary and non-profit-making organisation which aims to provide an active, responsible voice lobbying on behalf of Britain’s motorists.
It campaigns on a wide range of driving issues, independent of any vested interest, and is not afraid to tackle government or councils when members feel drivers are being treated as ‘a cash cow to be milked at will’.
Mrs Seymour, one of UKIP’s three West Midlands MEPs, said: “This organisation, and a few other individuals, are working hard to protect the motorist from overbearing legislation, not least from the European Union.
“As I sit on the transport committee in Brussels, I’m afraid I only see an escalating war on the motorist, with hardly anyone defending their interests in politics.
“I’m fed up in seeing a ‘not fit for purpose’ road network of poor quality, with low maintenance, over signage, plus excessive use of cameras and traffic lights.
“It is a network that is increasing journey times, slowing down traffic, encouraging ‘stop/start’ driving and causing more carbon emissions - this frustrates motorists, and encourages more aggressive driving.
“Much of the general public do not know where this legislation and regulation comes from, and are unable to express an opposition.
“Therefore, it is the duty of organisations such as the Alliance of British Drivers to campaign on behalf of, and to protect our fellow motorists.
“I am honoured to have been invited to become a patron, and am delighted to accept. We must carry on the fight, inform our fellow motorists, and campaign against the relentless war and persecution of the motorist from the overbearing European Union - and our own Government.”