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Freight lobby fights to revive charging plan


SUPPORTERS OF a national lorry charging scheme scrapped last week by transport secretary Alistair Darling were this week due to meet the government in a bid to reverse the decision.

Darling pulled the plug on the proposal after five years of development amid concerns about the escalating cost of the scheme.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) accused Darling of being 'irresponsible' for scrapping the charging scheme, which would have ensured that foreign HGVs contribute to the upkeep of the UK road network.

FTA chief executive Richard Turner was this week due to meet treasury minister John Healy to try and revive the plans.

'The scheme was not perfect but rather than taking time to get it right, the government has simply walked away and no plan B has been announced, ' said Turner.

'That is unacceptable to me, and should be for a government that for five years has claimed to be committed to solving these problems.' The AA Motoring Trust said that the decision could delay a national road user charging scheme.

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