The satellite based system of monitoring all vehicles for every mile travelled implied in Professor Hazel's proposal would be very expensive to install and run and has little chance of actually working.
Does anyone believe that the UK could cost effectively accurately record the movements of 33M vehicles and bill their owners each month?
The more modest proposal for road charging lorries was abandoned on cost grounds.
The 1.8M signature petition against satellite based road pricing showed motorists are against this system.
Probably less than 10% of the 380,000km of our road network suffers congestion from time to time.
Surely it is much simpler to deal with this using "tag and beacon" on the congested affected roads.
This offers low cost flexible charging on a "pay as you use" basis to maintain a minimum speed on each discrete road section.
In return for paying another congestion charge tax, motorists need to be offered a package of measures to help them.
The most obvious would be a commitment to build more road space from the charge revenues.
The expensive failure of the London charge scheme has not helped matters, nor has the present government's poor record on new road build and penny pinching measures such as the use of hard shoulder running on motorways.
GORDON TAYLOR (M), director, Better Transport for Britain, 33 Royal Avenue London SW3 4Q