ONE IN five motorists would use public transport rather than pay to drive into towns and cities, an RAC report on driver behaviour revealed this week.
Fifty eight per cent of the 1,600 plus respondents oppose charges, and 22% said they would complain to their MP. But the RAC conceded that congestion charging was the only way to significantly reduce traffic.
Sir Trevor Chinn, chairman of Lex Service which produced the report, said: 'Congestion is a social ill and a huge economic waste. I don't see any other way of dealing with it. We should charge those pieces of road that are in the highest demand.'
The RAC Report on motoring reported the following figures from its survey:
81% of motorists cannot do without their car
75% of motorists never use trains and 81% never use buses
Motorists perceive that going to work on public transport takes three times longer on average and costs an extra £12 a week.
RAC report available from tel: (01454) 208273