Road pricing backed by majority of fleets, new poll suggests

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    Brydo
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    A road pricing system, based on miles driven, is backed by a majority of fleet decision-makers, new research from Fleet News suggests.

    The snap poll, taken in the wake of a report from MPs recommending road-user charging as the only way to plug a £35 billion fiscal blackhole from a fall in revenues, showed 55% support for the tax change.

    Read more on the fleet industry’s reaction to road pricing in the February edition of Fleet News

    A sizeable minority, two-in-five fleets (40%), however, did not favour road pricing, while 5% said they were unsure.

    When the views of all respondents were added into the mix – not just fleets – those against the road tax change stayed virtually the same (39%), but less than half (42%) said they backed a pay-as-you-drive scheme. One-in-five respondents (19%) were undecided.

    The Transport Committee report explains that the switch to electric vehicles (EVs) will wipe out road tax revenues of £35bn – £28bn from fuel duty and £7bn from vehicle excise duty (VED) – by 2050, unless an alternative is found.

    It says that the Government should consider a road pricing mechanism that uses telematics technology to charge drivers according to distance driven, factoring in vehicle type and time of day.

    MPs say they have not seen a viable alternative to a road pricing system based on telematics, suggesting it is the only route the Government can take if it wants to reform motoring taxes and plug the potential shortfall in revenues.

    However, it says that any new system of road taxation must be revenue neutral and assess the impact on high-mileage drivers, such as road hauliers and those in rural communities, and on those least able to adapt to increased motoring costs.

    Dr Gavin Bailey, sustainable transport lead at Eunomia Research and Consulting, says that the Government should explore implementing a road user charging scheme as soon as is feasibly possible.

    “There are many forms that such a scheme could take, from simply charging road users by overall distance travelled to ‘dynamic’ road pricing, taking account of the location and time of day,” he said.

    “However, from an environmental perspective, we would also suggest differentiating the charge by vehicle weight, as this acts as a proxy for energy use.”

    He also believes that the Committee has missed a “fundamental point” about road user charging. “The Committee suggested that road user charging should be ‘revenue neutral’ and cost the same or less than fuel duty currently does to car users,” continued Bailey.

    “It is hard to see how setting the charge at lower than fuel duty, which has been frozen for more than a decade, will incentivise people to use alternative modes of transport.

    “For road user charging to be a truly progressive environmental policy, the price incentive must be there to get people out of cars and into public transport and active modes of travel. Without it, it would likely turn into a missed opportunity.”

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    It’s more concerning that they now openly admitting to wanting to discourage car ownership, like I’ve said was the case for a long while, For the average person at least and fleets would obviously want less traffic on the roads and thus less congestion, as that helps them and makes them more money.

    Meanwhile it leads to us having less freedom of movement. The agenda will win out, it always does as that sets the parimeters that the govement have to implement their policies to achieve the goals setout from the likes of the UN and the WEF. Which all parliaments are open about if you watch enough you will see questions being ask like how or what is the goverment doing to meet un targets etc and pretty much all world leaders are part of the wef.

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    Agreed rox

    End of the day they want everyone to use buses and trains so the elite can go about their business without we bums getting in there way.

    What they miss when they say the majority supports it is the government along no doubt with every other Tom, Dick and Harry will have access to every place you have visited, what time you visit and what’s next who you met.

    I bet they didn’t make that clear to anyone who was surveyed.

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    DumfriesDik
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    Death and taxes!

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    vinalspin
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    What they miss when they say the majority supports it is the government along no doubt with every other Tom, Dick and Harry will have access to every place you have visited, what time you visit and what’s next who you met. I bet they didn’t make that clear to anyone who was surveyed.

    If you have a smartphone then they already have all that information.

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    Yes that’s true vinalspin but they would have to get a court order to get that information from your network provider whereas the GPS plus SIMs being installed in cars now that they will use for by the mile road pricing can be and have no doubt will be used by DVLA to sell to anyone who wants to pay for the information such as what happens now with private car parks who use ANPR and get info from DVLA to send you a parking ticket.

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