New Road Tax Plan For Motorways And A-Roads
Drivers who use motorways could be charged a higher rate of road tax than those who stick to slower routes.
According to reports, motorists face a two-tier road tax under proposals being considered by the Government.
It has been suggested drivers could be offered a lower rate of the tax if they agree not to use the country's trunk road network of motorways and major A-roads.
Those paying a higher rate of vehicle excise duty would be free to use any roads.
Proponents say a network of automatic number-plate recognition cameras could be used to catch any drivers who were using the motorways without paying the higher rate.
A Department For Transport (DFT) said: "The department and Treasury are currently carrying out a feasibility study to review new ownership and financing models for the strategic road network.
"This is looking at how best we can secure investment in the network to increase capacity and boost economic growth."
Governments have long sought to explore revenue generation options for road users.
Sky's Deputy Political Editor Joey Jones said: "The fact is when they look years down the line with people changing their pattern of road use - some people getting electric or hybrid vehicles, or vehicles that have lower emissions - that means they are going to be paying less in vehicle excise duty."
Money-raising concepts raised by previous governments have included expanding toll booths across the motorway network and a system based on mileage.
But a DFT spokesman added: "The Government has made clear it will not implement tolls on existing road capacity and has no plans to replace existing motoring taxes with pay-as-you-go road charging."
The AA said it was opposed to an overhaul of road tax.
"This is the last thing drivers want on top of high fuel prices," said spokesman Paul Watters.
"This would create a two-tier system on Britain's roads, which would push many drivers away from trunk roads and into towns and villages where congestion would increase.
"Governments keep coming back to the idea of charging motorists for the roads they use, but the costs of implementing such a scheme would be huge."
Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said that a scheme could work if the proceeds were used to improve the road network.
He said: "Ministers would go a long way to restoring trust among drivers if the proceeds were ring-fenced and ploughed back into road provision."
Dr Richard Wellings, head of transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said the road network had been "neglected" by successive governments.
"For too long British drivers have had to pay over the odds for a road network that is simply not up to scratch," he said.
"It is lamentable that this vital area of infrastructure has been neglected by government after government."
Road tax is currently paid based on a sliding scale of 13 bands from zero to more than £1,000 in the first year of registration.
Drivers pay according to how much carbon dioxide their vehicle produces.
Another option is to replace the annual road duty charge on cars with a one-off charge on new vehicles.
what do you think?
So they will bring all the disruption and chaos that they solved with motorways back to the villages and towns. Thats a good idea.
It would help if the goverment used the money they already receive for road tax on the roads and not keep borrowing from it and leaving it short to update the infastruture we have. You would think with the amount of cars there are nowadays there would be quite a pot of money for this, but no they rob peter to pay paul and we are expected to pay more for their incompetence.
and they use it also to help pay for foreign aid. that needs to stop immediately before ANY cuts are forced on the tax payer.
The motorist will pay more no matter how they juggle the system.
Whatever next? Words fail me.
Here we go again, higher road taxes that are NOT used to improve roads
Really ? When the 'road' tax does not even go toward roads or the infrastructure. Just take it out of the excessive fuel duty you charge :(
Good morning Am I a little bit THICK they are going to charge to use the major roads???? Are these the same roads that were built to reduce congestion in villages and on minor roads?? The same minor roads that have pot holes and been left to slowly decline as the cash as been spent on motorway Improvements!!!! Improvements paid for out of our road taxes !!! And they want us to pay again they should knock car tax down for using these roads as we have paid enough towards them
These roads and motorways are paid for by the motorists and the government should not be considering any proposals which puts extra charges on the already hard hit motorist. Every one knows that cars travelling on motorways use less fuel and emmisions than the small roads, What should also be remembered is that most goods are transported by road and will cost more in the shops. The disabled who use cars to get around will also be hit. Current tolls is a good example of costs rising year on year, a license to print money.
The disabled get plenty of support with driving costs, least of all, road tax and insurance... etc.Then there's the free cars !!! It's about time the able bodied also got some support. I work in an industry that provides the disabled with converted vehicles, and some of the modifications alone run to the cost of a new car. It's mind boggling how much a modified vehicle costs. Ok, it's not right to object to them having these things, and i don't , they do need them. But don't tell me the disabled will be worse off than anyone else in this case.... they certainly will not. The average motorist will suffer most.
I'm not 100% sure how it works but my dad has parkinsons and yes he get free road tax but still drives around in a 12 year old saab which he insures himself, stupid idea by the government though.
Steve, you get the option of mobility allowance in cash, or a funded vehicle. Not having a crack at the disabled, my old man was severely disabled. I just don't think they will be affected by this.
Net result Britains B roads becoming jammed packed with HGV's and 'white van man' by companies looking to increase profits!
just another way of grabbing money from the hard hit motorist.
So think we are united on this proposal but I wonder if they have yet realised that most of our goods travel by road and use the motorway so more fuel for inflation then there is the environmental cost to many smaller villages.
I remember when the road tax went up to £25.00 temporaryly to pay for the M1
How will foreign vehicles pay the extra costs?
Same ad usual Keith they probably wont they dont adhere to the weight limits on minor roads ie at the back of Mcr Airport is a 3.5 tonne road nlocked for over 4 hours by a turkish 40tonne artic so no rules needed for those drivers
Make your objections known, at the next general election. This is just another attack on the "plebs". The Tory "clarrrses", will never feel the difference in any increase in road charges. In fact , i don't think politicians in general have a clue what it costs to use a car these days. But as this is a Tory government , they can take the flak.
These proposals appear to be a scheme to catch the unwary and those in an emergency. Those making a journey to an unfamiliar destination on side roads will get lost and end up straying onto major roads by mistake - whoops - a £150.00 fine ...And then there are those who have to get somewhere quick to rescue someone - got to use the motorway - again you incur a huge fine for the privelige of getting a friend out of a spot of bother. IT STINKS. I'VE GOT NO RESPECT FOR THESE PEOPLE WHO SCAM US IN THIS WAY. At least Richard (can't say D*** - thanks Orange) Turpin had the decency to wear a mask!
That Richard Turpin bloke was a bad egg too!
So extra people will be filling the B roads, still potholed to bits from last year's ice. I travel to work daily on a B road but occasionally travel to different places too - needing to use motorways at these times so I suppose I'd pay the higher rate. What about the person, though, who exclusively travels on the more minor roads and needs to suddenly make one unusual journey on a motorway? Will their car just judder to a halt when it approaches the motorway, as it's not allowed?!
See my comment below - classic case for the government to fine you! Bandits to a man/woman - all of them.
d and d Phillips
Well, experience tells us we just have to wait for the U TURN, sorry, three point turn.................
foreign aid and government waste should stop immediately before ANY cuts and tax raising.
At the moment this is at the level of a scare story designed to guage public reaction. It comes in from the wings via a think tank and the relevant government department then appears to water down the idea. At the end of the day road charging is essentially expensive and inefficient. Admittedly someone could make a fortune running it but the underlying objective of raising money for road improvement will not be achieved.
Another haur brain idea from these monkies.