Road tolls could form part of measures to help Scotland meet climate charge targets, the Scottish Government has said.
The government has outlined “proposals and policies” which could help deliver the target of a 42% cut in carbon emissions by 2020. Other possible measures include lower speed limits and workplace parking levies.
A government spokeswoman said the proposals, contained in leaked discussion papers, set out a range of options and did not reflect official policy.
The papers state that a nationwide road pricing scheme would charge motorists for every trip made, linked to the emissions produced by their cars.
“We are working with partners across Scotland to deliver our world leading climate change measures. The discussion papers ensure a full and open discussion and have been made available as part of that engagement to illustrate a range of options that could potentially cut carbon,” said the spokesman. He added that the government will set out its policy options later this year.
The Scottish Government’s move follows publication of a Department for Transport survey that found public attitudes shifting in favour of road pricing.
More than half of the 2,800 people surveyed thought the current system of paying for road use should reflect how often, when and where drivers use roads.