It looks like UK motorists are going to be parted with more of their hard-earned cash in the policy programme for the second half of the travesty that is the coalition government.
The proposal is to seek private investment in new road infrastructure and to charge tolls for motorists to use them.
Motorists in the UK already contribute around £50 billion a year to the treasury in road taxes, which is a fraction of what it costs to maintain and expand the road infrastructure.
Of course, the government have come up with some placating (if not downright condescending) reassurances that existing roads won’t be subject to tolls, and tolls will only be introduced in ‘very limited circumstances’. Perhaps we have heard similar stories from the government before.
“Drivers rightly feel they are already been squeezed and any change has to deliver real benefits not just more financial misery” said Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, in an interview with the BBC.
Peter Roberts, from the Alliance of British Drivers which organised the petition, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme “There’s something in the region of £50bn taken in road-related taxes every year and the government spends a small fraction of that on the roads, so it’s not as if we’re not paying for the roads already.”
With incentives to reduce the amount of road tax paid for ‘eco-friendly’ vehicles, the government is sure to have noticed a reduction in income, so no doubt the government will plough on with trying to target motorists to get more cash in one way or another.
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