Is Road Pricing Inevitable?

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.

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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”

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About Seán Ward

I run newmotoring.com, a website for enthusiasts who don't wear tweed.
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