A somewhat pessimistic outlook has been taken by a significant proportion of UK motorists in the wake of last month's result of the EU referendum in the UK.

With the decision to leave confirmed on June 23rd, IAM RoadSmart polled more than 1,000 of its members to ascertain their attitude towards Brexit and the results showed 50 per cent now expect the costs of driving to rise across the country in the months and years ahead.

Furthermore, almost one-fifth of respondents felt that without EU oversight, UK road safety standards could deteriorate in future, although almost one-third did state that the decision could enable the government to more easily implement new measures that would improve driver training in the coming years.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: "Although our survey paints a rather downbeat picture of how UK motorists feel it does give us a strong remit to represent their needs as key Brexit issues are debated in the months ahead.

"Ensuring that past road safety and air quality gains are maintained will be a key challenge but we can now explore new ideas to regain the downward trend in road deaths and serious injuries on British roads."

He argued that ideas such as reduced VAT on safety equipment, incentives for training and embedding good road safety practice into procurement rules are all options that can now be more easily explored.

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