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TRANSPORT MP CAN'T DRIVE.

Byline: PAUL GILFEATHER

NEW Transport supremo Stephen Byers can't drive, it emerged yesterday.

News that the man in charge of Britain's pounds 180billion road-building project has never been behind the wheel will embarrass Tony Blair following a Cabinet reshuffle which has seen many ministers handed seemingly unsuitable jobs.

Byers is responsible for 6,000 miles of roads serving 30 million motorists, but travels on public transport or a chauffeur-driven car.

And yesterday motoring groups reacted angrily, saying that anyone in charge of that brief should have an understanding of drivers' needs.

The AA's Andrew Howard said: "It would be useful to look at these issues through the eyes of a driver."

And Tory Transport spokesman Bernard Jenkin added: "This underlines how Labour has downgraded transport in the reshuffle."

Mr Byers is not the only minister be put on the spot over lack of specialist knowledge.

New Sports Minister Richard Caborn was unable to name the British Lions' captain or who coaches the England cricket team.

And new Foreign Secretary Jack Straw can only speak English.
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