Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Should government move to "pay-as-you-go" road charges?

The Register mentions in this article that RAC chief says that UK should move to pay-as-you-go charges. The reason is that the fuel duty  and road tax. Only small portion goes to actual road infrastructure.

I fear that the government will use wrong formula to calculate £ per mile. I think they might be tempted to take current revenue from road users and simply divide it in such a way that it will actually get more expensive to do the same mileage.

We already have pay-as-you-go system - fuel duty. yes it is expensive, but reflects how economical a car is and how many miles it does. An f only portion of the money goes to the road infrastructure that the fuel duty should be lowered, to reflect this!

Especially, as the pay-as-you-go system will likely require installation of GPS tracking devices into every car. Please, no!

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