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Road Pricing.

June 6, 2005

So the government is thinking of introducing road pricing. By tracking every vehicle via satellite and then charging based on the level of congestion on the road when you are travelling. So you would expect people driving to work during the rush hour to be hit, but those travelling off peak would not. In return Vehicle Excise Duty and the Duty on Petrol would be removed.

As a cyclist anything that makes people think about using their cars less would appear to be a good thing. However this one raises serious concerns. Firstly if the reports that refer to all vehicles are true this would cover bikes as well. I could never support that. I suspect though it won’t it’s just the politicians and or journalists, like so many, fail to realise a bicycle is a vehicle. It is just not a motor vehicle. Actually I could support it as long as the rates reflected the relative damage done by bikes, cars, lorries etc. The trouble is even at 1p a mile for a bike all charges for cars and lorries would be so high as to be political suicide.

However objection to this is the “Big Brother” objection. With the Government wanting to introduce ID cards while not really saying why they want them you now add into the mix them being able to track every (motor) vehicle in the country. Now if the bill contained a requirement for a court order before such tracking and the ID card bill was dropped or defeated that would be different. I can see all sorts of issues with the speed merchants being concerned that the same technology could be used to defeat speeding which would be a good thing. I can’t see this one getting past the road lobby.

I won’t even begin on whether this would work…..

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4 Comments
  1. The Government will probably want us to pay for these “black boxes” too – following the model of ID cards, although where they think that the majority of people would be able to find that sort of money, I don’t know.

    Then, of course, there’s the infrastructure required to support it all (or rather, identify those people who don’t have a black-box fitted).

    Yet another half-baked idea from a half-baked UK Government!

  2. Tim Clarke permalink

    How is the road pricing system going to work for all the european trucks on the UK roads ?
    Are caravans going to have their own “black box”, and will trucks and caravans be charged higher rates when using the back roads, on which they are more likely to cause congestion ?
    Will tractors be fitted with these devices, seeing as most the farmers seem to use them as car/vans/trucks in the rural areas 🙂

  3. We are vehemently opposed to road pricing and congestion charging, increasing the population of this country beyond acceptable levels and the ever widening poverty gap between rich and poor are essential political failures. Road pricing will see a rise in costs for no benefit, people will move home, forcing the low paid into ghettos of high congestion and road pricing areas whilst the rich will be able to enjoy the benefits of increased unemployment and a lowering of customer services due to being served by more cheap and mobile migrant workers.
    Road pricing will bring about the social upheaval that The Friends Of The earth seek and the lower paid and working classes will pay the price for academic meddling.
    Re nationalizing the railways to escape the profit motive and allowing more parking spaces and free public transport from a publicly owned transport system is the way forward.
    1.8 Million people have said No to road pricing it is unacceptable and The Car Party has been formed to represent the majority motorist view.
    Perhaps those who advocate such a scheme would prefer a means tested system where only those earning say £30,000 plus should be allowed to own a car.

  4. We are vehemently opposed to road pricing and congestion charging, increasing the population of this country beyond acceptable levels and the ever widening poverty gap between rich and poor are essential political failures. Road pricing will see a rise in costs for no benefit, people will move home, forcing the low paid into ghettos of high congestion and road pricing areas whilst the rich will be able to enjoy the benefits of increased unemployment and a lowering of customer services due to being served by more cheap and mobile migrant workers.
    Road pricing will bring about the social upheaval that The Friends Of The earth seek and the lower paid and working classes will pay the price for academic meddling.
    Re nationalizing the railways to escape the profit motive and allowing more parking spaces and free public transport from a publicly owned transport system is the way forward.
    1.8 Million people have said No to road pricing it is unacceptable and The Car Party has been formed to represent the majority motorist view.
    Perhaps those who advocate such a scheme would prefer a means tested system where only those earning say £30,000 plus should be allowed to own a car.

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