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Anti-road user petition hits 1M

More than a million people have signed a petition to abandon the government's proposed road charging scheme.
The huge support for the campaign comes on the back of support from various pressure groups and a campaign by the Telegraph newspaper and national radio DJs.The petition, on 10 Downing Street's website, currently has 1.13M signatures, suggesting strong public opposition to road user charging.The government minister Alistair Darling introduced 'pay-as-you-drive' in 2005, as a means to avert increasing road congestion. Road user charging could cut congestion by as much as 25%.However, the petition calls the scrapping of, 'the planned vehicle tracking and road pricing policy.' Many feel that road user charging based on a tracking system will infringe on their human rights.Transport secretary Douglas Alexander today promised to listen to those who have signed the petition, but the system could be in place within a decade.View the petition here

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