Pay as you drive

  Jak_1 13:35 04 Mar 2008

The contoversial pay as you drive scheme for road tolls championed by Tony Blair is now dead in the water.

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Good news for all motorists for a change.

  Quickbeam 13:40 04 Mar 2008

Of course we will still 'pay as you drive anyway', excise, VAT, road tax, congestion charges, parking, tyre diposal, end of vehicle life disposal etc...

  Jak_1 13:59 04 Mar 2008

I did say it was the 'pay as you drive toll system'! Not ordinary driving costs.

  peter99co 16:10 04 Mar 2008

Good Riddance

  peter99co 18:30 04 Mar 2008

Where do we go if we have a breakdown? God forbid the EMERGENGY SERVICES not getting through.

  peter99co 18:36 04 Mar 2008


  Jak_1 19:42 04 Mar 2008

"IF they make us use the HARD SHOULDER

Where do we go if we have a breakdown? God forbid the EMERGENGY SERVICES not getting through."

The idea is for this scheme to be used during peak hours, laybys every 500 yards would be constructed for vehicle breakdowns during those periods that the hard shoulder is in use for traffic. Apparently the experiment on the M42 was very succesfull.

Btw, there is no need to shout!

  laurie53 20:19 04 Mar 2008

Pay as you drive.

What a good idea.

The best way to do this would be a tax on petrol.

Oh! Silly me. It's already been done.

  natdoor 21:02 04 Mar 2008

Tax on petrol does not depend on the volume of traffic using a given road, which road charging would. Road charging would just be a more sophisticated form of road toll, which is used in a few places in UK and more generally in France, for example.

  DANZIG 23:22 04 Mar 2008

Cars may be more reliable and less prone to break down, however they also go a damn sight faster as well - and there's a lot more of them.

What if there's a multiple lane pile up at peak time? How are the emergency services going to get to the scene?

Flying ambulance maybe - but a flying fire engine??

  DANZIG 08:22 05 Mar 2008

Fair point, however at the moment the emergency services can get to the scene in a very quick time. With the squeezing together of vehicles (when the occupants have worked out where the siren is coming from), surely this will slow the response rate of the emergency services.

Also when roadworks are being done on the motorway network, the hard shoulder IS used as a lane in numerous situations I have seen.

What will they use if this scheme is taken up?

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