Road pricing. If U drive this is for u,

  lixdexik 18:15 05 Feb 2007

This came from a reliable source, so I don't think it is a hoax.

Sarah Kennedy was talking about this proposed car tax scheme on Radio 2. Apparently there is only one month left to register your objection to the 'Pay As You Go' road tax.

The petition is on the 10 Downing St website but they didn't tell anybody about it. Therefore at the time of Sarah's comments only 250,000 people had signed it and 750,000 signatures are required for the goverment to at least take any notice.

Once you've given your details (you don't have to give your full address, just house number and postcode will do), they will send you an email with a link in it. Once you click on that link, you'll have signed the petition.

The government's proposal to introduce road pricing will mean you having to purchase a tracking device for your car and paying a monthly bill to use it. The tracking device will cost about £200 and in a recent study by the BBC, the lowest monthly bill was £28 for a rural florist and £194 for a delivery driver. A non working mother who used the car to take the kids to school paid £86 in one month.

On top of this massive increase in tax, you will be tracked. Somebody will know where you are at all times. They will also know how fast you have been going, so even if you accidentally creep over a speed limit in time you can probably expect a Notice of Intended Prosecution with your monthly bill.

If you are concerned about this Orwellian plan and want to stop the constant bashing of the car driver, please sign the petition on No 10's new website (link below) and pass this on to as many people as possible. Sign up if you value your freedom and democratic rights -

If you would like to see the petition then

click here

Cheers Lixdexik

  Totally-braindead 18:25 05 Feb 2007

I would like to point out that if you give your postcode and your address number that is your full address you have just given them. Thats all they need, number and postcode they get the streetname from the postcode.
Its a proper site I believe I just wanted to point out you have given your full address as you seem to think you haven't.

  wee eddie 18:28 05 Feb 2007

I think that this is a great idea and will support it all the way!

I am also in favour of all pedestrians carrying Identification Disks so that J-Walkers, and those one-over-the-eight, can be prosecuted with ease.

  tullie 18:37 05 Feb 2007

I drive 20 miles to work,there is no alternative,why should I be penalised?

  lixdexik 18:41 05 Feb 2007


I thought the same. if you give a post code & a house number then that is your address.

I also use an Email address that is not my main one for things like this. that way I don't get unwanted ees in my box.

Cheers Lixdexik.

  Kate B 18:45 05 Feb 2007

And I'm all in favour of cyclists being made to take a test, display licence plates and have third-party insurance and being forced to obey the highway code and the law.

  Totally-braindead 18:51 05 Feb 2007

Kate B my pet hate at the moment is the old folk in these electric buggies. I believe there is a test but it is optional not a requirement and there is one old man driving about that is an absolute menace, he just barges in, turns where he likes and generally makes a nuisance of himself. He really shouldn't be on the road he already come close to causing 2 accidents and those are only the ones I've seen.
The tests should be obligatory and if they fail they shouldn't be allowed to drive them.

  wee eddie 18:51 05 Feb 2007

I agree with you and will be happy to do so.

There have been times when I have considered getting one of those helmet mounted cameras. The lack of consideration for other road users shown by "some" vehicle drivers is quite phenomenal.

I don't pedal on the pavement, but can relate to those that do.

  Forum Editor 18:56 05 Feb 2007

the government has been trying this online petition facility since last November.

  Newbolt 18:58 05 Feb 2007

I totally agree with the point the petition makes [and signed it several weeks ago], but would support the idea of more tax on fuel as a disincentive if that is necessary. Thus you are charging owners of large vehicles, and those who do high mileage more to use the roads [which we have already paid for from other taxation]. Why go for an elaborate system of satellite tracking when a few pence on fuel [taxed already at 85% I believe] would achieve the same result? The surveillance aspects concerns me. Others will make the point that if they are doing nothing wrong there is nothing to fear - an invalid argument as yet another area of daily existence falls under some state control. Doubtless there will be many more tax increases based on 'environmental' grounds, such as the levy on domestic flying. A green mask will allow many new varieties of robbery.

  tullie 19:04 05 Feb 2007

Lets face it,its this governments way of getting more tax of us,as simple as that.

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