Tuesday 23rd March 2010
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The Governments ‘Watchdog’ has broadcast their view that motorists should be forced to pay to drive on the busiest roads to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

The government is throwing its weight behind a revolutionary plan that would force motorists to pay £1.30 a mile to drive on Britain's busiest roads in a bid to prevent 'LA-style gridlock'.

Studies revealed that 55% of motorists voted to pay-per-mile road fees, which would lead to drivers being charged according to how many miles they drive.

It is hoped that the charge, which could be passed on to workers who park at work, would reduce traffic by 10%.

Under the controversial scheme, cars would be fitted with electronic tags and tracked either by satellite or roadside beacon. Charges would rise at times of peak congestion to around £1.50 a mile.

It was critical to start 'building a political consensus' while winning the acceptance of the UK's 28 million motorists on the merits of a scheme. Satellite and global-positioning technology will be used to make drivers pay to use notorious 'traffic-jam' routes, with the aim to reduce congestion dramatically.

There are many reasons why people are cautious of national road pricing, be it due to invasive technology or a lack of faith that the money raised will be used properly.

However even though the national road pricing scheme has proven unpopular with some motorists, it could save money for some. If a switch to a national road pricing scheme replaces the current taxation of fuel duty and vehicle exercise duty, it could produce a more straight-forward approach to motoring taxation.

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