Well it looks like they are getting further with this one. Just a few extracts I picked up on from the BBC and AOL news sites. What's peoples thoughts on this, especially the environmental groups who said all the money raised should NOT be put back into the roads and that cycle lanes were more a priority!
I've decided it might be better all round if the government takes all my wages, and then give's me pocket money!
Of course, the old 'it's for our safety' nutshell is being cracked open again!! Saying that if the roads are congested, were more likely to crash. Well, really, you think so?! At the same time, saying any money raised should NOT be put back into the roads.... Wow, now thats making it loads safer.
Seems instead of making the roads better / safer they charge us. Just like safety cameras, doesnt make the road any safer, but they get to charge us.
The box is also likely to cost the motorist £200 a box. Why us? Why do we have to pay!?
Motorists should be asked to pay to drive on the nation's road network, a report commissioned by the government has recommended.
Former British Airways chief Sir Rod Eddington has examined options for modernising the UK transport network.
He has reported that road tolls could bring £28bn a year of benefits to bus and rail users.
Grand projects like high-speed rail links were less important than using existing networks better, he said. Smaller projects, including an expansion of the UK cycle network, received string backing.
Motoring groups broadly welcomed the report and environmental groups said any money raised from charging motorists to use roads should not be used to fund more road schemes
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said the report was in danger of overlooking the simple reality that road congestion is often caused by crashes - 90% of which are avoidable.
An IAM spokesman went on: "We broadly welcome this report as congestion is costly, not only in environmental terms but it has a major negative effect on road safety. Extended, unpredictable journey times do nothing to encourage responsible road use.
"Longer journeys cause driver fatigue, and tired drivers are more likely to crash - so it's a horrible, vicious circle. Around one in five motorway crashes is a result of driver fatigue."