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UK next to get satellite traffic control

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BRITAIN WILL be the next place in Europe to get satellite based traffi management, newly formed traffic management company Satellic said this week.

It believes large scale trials will start by 2008.

Satellic parent company TSystems is part of Deutsche Telekom - a member of the consortium responsible for introducing satellite based road user charging on German motorways.

Satellic chairman Christoph Bellmer said that the main reason for introducing satellite based road user charging in the UK was to deal with congestion, rather than raise revenue.

He said the government's idea that each UK region should develop its own congestion busting plans was unsustainable.

Congestion charging just diverts cars onto different roads, and the impact is not being monitored, ' said Bellmer.

T-Systems UK chief executive Jan van der Merwe confirmed that the reasons behind Britain's road user charging plans were different to those developed for Germany.

'While the model in Germany was based on collecting tolls, the UK is looking at regional traffic management solutions which may or may not be road user charging, but will need satellite technology, ' he said.

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