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Pricing pilot


PLANS FOR road pricing on all London's major roads have won the support of transport secretary Alistair Darling, MPs heard last week.

Darling told the transport select committee that he wanted to work on the plan with Transport for London (TfL) which is testing a 'tag and beacon' system in south London.

He said he had received a 'formal' bid from TfL for cash from the Transport Innovation Fund.

TfL's pilot system uses credit card-sized tags to debit cars when they pass beacons guarding the perimeter of the central congestion charging zone.

'We need to look at possibility of road pricing. I am wary of saying national road pricing is inevitable, and we will start locally.

'But what I do think is inevitable are increasing measures to manage demand on the road.

'The technology is basically here now. But the history of large IT projects in this country is not entirely a happy one.

'So if we are going to go down this road we want to start with a smaller scale area first, ' said Darling.

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