|24 Sep 2014.
For immediate release.
"Drivers have drawn a line in the sand over road pricing and we should not have to re-fight this battle. Have politicians such short memories when road pricing and tolls were so comprehensively rejected such a short time ago? Road pricing will add significantly to the cost of living for working families when their budgets are already stretched."Over 87% of respondents also disagreed with the policy of road tolls on new strategic road capacity. Legislation enabling this type of road tolling is contained within the 'Infrastructure Bill', currently going through Parliament.
“The car represents the gold standard for mobility. Its flexibility creates opportunity and improves families' quality of life. This is why the vast majority choose the car rather than other compromised modes of transport. Road tolls work by pricing the poorest off the road whilst making the rest pay more for mobility.
Drivers currently pay £58bn in motoring taxes with less than 16% spent on our crumbling road infrastructure. There is no guarantee that road tolls will mean investment in our road network and no basis for trust that any future Government or commercial vested interest currently pushing road pricing, would not exploit the revenue raising possibilities of 'pay per mile' to the hilt.” 3