Most drivers think road tolls are 'inevitable'

12 June 2013

car crash A report by the RAC has shown that 55% of drivers believe motorway tolls are inevitable and that tolls to get into major cities will almost certainly happen.

The survey (of over 1,500 motorists) notes that drivers would now be willing to pay to use motorways and drive into cities if taxes such as Vehicle Excise Duty and petrol was lower. The chances of lower pump prices however, is slim to nothing.

David Bizley, the RAC Technical Director, says: “The report suggests that motorists would prefer to see a higher share of motoring taxation levied on those things over which they have greater control – such as whether or not they choose to drive into city centres or use a particular motorway.”

“Our Report on Motoring shows that Britain’s motorists – and roads – have been left battle-scarred after a further 12 months of bearing the burden of extreme financial conditions."

“Our research shows that the UK motorist isn’t being unreasonably demanding – all he or she wants is for more of their motoring taxation to be spent on roads.”

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TOPICS:   Motoring   Tax


  • Mustapha S.
    Works well in France, but they have a decent network of non autoroutes, and a lot more land with lesser cars. Scrapping VED needs to happen, or at least start charging hybrids/leccy cars so they can pay their own for roads etc. Smug twats.
  • jim
    i love my drive to work - it one great big pothole - 6 miles long. fml
  • Sicknote
    I welcome the prospect of fewer poor people using the roads. It might speed up my commuting time between my international sportswear business, my holiday home, and checking out my many rental properties. And if I find those scum can afford cars, their rents are going up.
  • Sicknote
    Sadly this government sees road toll charging as a mechanism for increasing general revenue; opposed the French & German model of road charging where the money raised is used to maintain the roads network. Sure this will happen and sure you'll pay it like good little robots; but remember, freedom is an illusion.
  • Zeddy
    @Sicknote: Like a piece of quality journalism on this site.

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