The Fed Up Motorists Association want government action to help cut the rising cost of running a car.
The Fed Up Motorists Association (FUMA) meet at Hayes Hotel in Tullamore County Offaly to discuss the unsatisfactory situation with the rising costs of running a car. Member of the association outline their grievances and state an objective to urge the government to help reduce motoring by cutting their costs.
We are being charged too much for motoring in this present day and age.
FUMA is seeking government assistance to cut the cost of motoring. They believe that the government and insurance companies are making it more profitable for people to stay at home than to have a car on the road.
One member of the association points out that he needs to drive a car in order to earn a living and he believes that the government, insurance companies and petrol companies are making that gradually more impossible.
The only way to stop the spiral is to get up and fight them.
The cost of keeping a car on the round is currently running at around £25 a week and the association believes that this is not sustainable. They point out that it would be cheaper to be on the dole than to incur the costs of transport which is required for work. The association is calling on people to write to their local representatives to explain the situation and to plead with them for help. With many people working unsocial hours when there is no availability of public transport, they need their cars to get to work. However, the government and insurance companies treat cars as luxuries.
Motoring is not a luxury anymore. It's a necessity.
Audience members at the meeting also have their say pointing to injustices facing young drivers, the need for a petition calling for government action, and the lack of a no claims bonus.
There are people prepared to fight for their rights.
This episode of 'Ireland's Eye' was broadcast on 6 November 1981.
'Ireland's Eye' was a Tuesday-to-Friday series with human-interest stories and features from locations throughout Ireland. First broadcast on 7 October 1980, the programme ran until August 1983.