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Govt Looking At Road Tolls For Lorries

Govt Looking At Road Tolls For Lorries

December 23, 2017tags: , , , [1][2][3][4]

By Paul Homewood I think we all saw this coming: image

Britain’s first national pay-per-mile road charging system is being considered by the government, The Times has learnt. Mileage and emissions-based charges could be introduced for lorries to cut traffic under a proposal by the Department for Transport (DfT). It is outlining the system for heavy goods vehicles, which raises the prospect that the new levy could be used in part to replace existing taxes such as fuel duty.

The move comes as the amount of fuel duty the Treasury collects — GBP27.5 billion this year, at a rate of 57.95p per litre of diesel or petrol — is projected to fall because of the growth of electric cars. The government said that the road-pricing plan was restricted to lorries but industry figures predicted that it would act as a test bed for a universal system for all vehicles. The Labour government ten years ago ditched a similar scheme after a public backlash.

Duncan Buchanan, policy director at the Road Haulage Association and a former senior civil servant at the Department for Transport, said: “This is a precursor to road-user charging for every vehicle. Why would you introduce it just for lorries? . . . The electrification of lorries — so the loss of fuel duty revenue — is not going to happen as quickly as it is for cars and other small vehicles . . .

It seems we are facing a scenario where they are testing the technology on us.” https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/pay-per-mile-in-road-toll-revolution-0wdcscrnc[5] The government has naturally denied that it has plans to extend charging to cars.

Nevertheless it will face a huge hole in its tax revenues as ICEs are phased out. Worryingly the article talks of introducing the scheme to cut traffic. This also fits in with the Future Energy Scenarios report, which suggested there could be less cars on the road in future.

As it also mentioned, the electricity system would struggle to cope if car ownership continued to rise after the switch to EVs. A road charging system could be used to make it prohibitively expensive to drive cars on busy roads at busy times of the day. Blair’s government tried to introduce road charging, but had to ditch plans after mass revolt by motorists.

We may soon see it reintroduced by the back door. One thing seems certain. Road charging will increase government revenue, rather than simply replace fuel duty like for like.

For years, governments, civil servants and planners have been wanting to get us out of our cars.

This may be the thin end of the wedge.

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  5. ^ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/pay-per-mile-in-road-toll-revolution-0wdcscrnc (www.thetimes.co.uk)
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