Drivers may have to pay per mile in new Government plan



Motorists could have to pay for every mile they drive in order to raise money for the Government – and help towards climate change targets.

According to reports the Government is considering bringing in a toll system for all roads in the UK.

Tolls are currently restricted to some bridges, and areas such as the M6 toll – where car drivers pay £7 to use the motorway.

Other systems see drivers have to pay a congestion charge to drive in London.

The move is reported to be under consideration as the Government faces falling review from fuel duty.

The Government will get less and less cash from motorists as more switch to electric cars.

Rishi Sunak has previously expressed an interest in the move, and the Daily Mail reports that the scheme is back on the agenda.

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change published a report calling for road pricing to be introduced in August.

It said: “A new system of vehicle taxation is urgently needed. As more people purchase electric vehicles, changes to taxation will be harder to manage.

“Road pricing offers the opportunity to resolve these issues in a way that works for motorists and society.”

AA president Edmund King previously said a road pricing system could allow drivers to have 3,000 free miles – with an extra 1,000 in rural areas – before paying per journey.

The RAC said last year that eventually a road pricing system “would probably use vehicle tracking technology to monitor how much we drive”.

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “We simply do not comment on speculation – especially guesses around spending which is not in our remit.”

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