In a recent RAC Foundation report, its head, Professor Stephen Glaister, said that road pricing is ‘inevitable’ and that a “pay-as-you-go” system could be the only answer to Britain’s ever-increasing road congestion problem.
Professor Glaister’s report also shows a number of issues facing road users, including a predicted 33% increase in traffic levels by 2025 and a decrease in road standards due to reduced spending of infrastructure because of government financial restraints.
Another report for the RAC Foundation by Ipsos MORI showed that 58% of drivers agreed that a pay-per-mile system would certainly make them think about how often and how far the drive.
The report also said that if a road credit system were to be introduced, a number of other strategies would have to be introduced, such as a road credit governing body, more reliable and predictable journey times, a cut in fuel duty and road tax, and compensation for delays.
Finally, the Professor said that “Less than 1% of those opposed to a pay-as-you-go believe that it is an invasion of privacey…but when the details are explained and they realise the benefits, and the opposition and resentment to the scheme disappears”