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Government urged to press on with road tolling


ENGINEERING AND motorist representatives this week urged the government to push ahead with road tolling as soon as possible.

The government's failure to proceed with plans to charge drivers to enter towns and cities and toll the inter-urban road network is criticised by the RAC Foundation and the Construction Industry Council.

In separate reports, the two bodies urge the government to take up the recommendations made by the recent Commission for Integrated Transport (CFIT) report Paying for road use.

CFIT advises the government on transport and says tolling should be limited to the roads with the worst traffic jams and charges be linked to congestion levels.

It says fuel duty should be cut at the same time so that people in quiet, rural areas who need their cars and who don't cause congestion are not hit in the pocket.

CFIT says that under current congestion levels, 10% of the strategic road network should be tolled, though only at peak times.

The RAC warns that many more roads will need to be tolled unless there is a long term programme of congestion busting schemes beyond 2010.

It says tolling would be supported by 71% of the public if it was clear that the money was being spent on alternatives and by 76% if fuel duty was reduced at the same time.

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