Luckily the hardware is not yet up to the job so it'll not be with us for a while yet.
p.s. I'm not saying that there is not hardware that can track and record a vehicle's movements. What I am saying is that there is no system available that can track (the approximately) 4 million vehicle movements between 6.30 and 9.00am each morning.
Tolls and road pricing is an excellent way of raising tax revenue. It makes people think about the car journeys they make and therefore it raises their environmental awareness; and it's a progressive tax. The more you want to drive, the more you pay. Simple and effective.
I bet all the people who think it's a good idea don't have cars or if they do don't use them much. As for the environment perhaps we should all stop breathing for 12 hours a day and cut our own production of CO2 in half.
It was recently reported that some £48 billion was raised in taxes on vehicles. Only £6 billion was reinvested in transport infrastructure. With tax on vehicles purchased, fuel tax, road tax, tax on insurance, tax added to vehicle servicing and spares bills etc I think we pay enough. I dont have a choice of driving to work, the alternative is catching 3 buses and a train each way. As I am next driving on a road full of potholes, I will be deciding on my vote at the next election.
Here’s a radical idea. Lets do away with the road fund licence, and put the cost of it on to fuel. If the average car does 10000 miles per annum then we only need to put 75p on a gallon to make up the difference. This would also mean that those that use the road network the most will end up paying the most. The biggest bonus is that it should cost no extra to collect the revenue, unlike road charging