Monday, February 19, 2007

Road Pricing Petition Deadline

The deadline to sign the petition against the planned vehicle tracking and road pricing policy is fast approaching, due to expire in a couple of hours time. With over one and a half million signatures the questions is will the government listen? Apparently Tony Blair will be sending out an email later this week explaining why he believes in the policy. It could be an interesting read.

But why does no one answer one question. The more we drive the more we pay, achieved through petrol tax. Road pricing would allow variable rates to be introduced but does that really justify spending hundreds of millions, if not billions, of pounds on a tracking system? Or is the real reason that as cars become more environmentally friendly petrol tax revenue will decline greatly, meaning that the government has to identify other ways of taxing motorists?