Thanks to our employers, say hello to road tolls!
Hey! Drivers! Paying too much for your car? The insurance and fuel prices making you a constant knot of despair and anger? Is the tax hammering you into the ground leaving you wanting to mow down every single human you come across?
Say hello to road tolls.
According to the CBI, the way roads are paid for is in need of overhaul, which basically translates into the introduction of "user charges", or, you paying-as-you-go on the roads.
Now, with this in mind, drivers will be rightly angry because of the £48.2 billion pot of motoring tax, only £10 billion of that is actually put back into improving and maintaining our grotty road network. Thanks to cars being more fuel-efficient, you've finally started saving a bit of money, but alas, the powers that be have noticed and want to penalise you because the amount raised in tax from drivers is on the decline.
And so, the CBI are offering a 'solution' which will see private companies taking the responsibility for running major roads and motorways. In return for their making our roads sparkly and news (and invariably covered in sponsorship), they'll recoup money from tolls. And the government LOVE this idea, with both Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat transport minister, and Tory backbenchers clapping furiously at the notion.
"Every day, people up and down the UK lose time and money because of our clogged-up roads," says John Cridland, the CBI’s director general. "Whether you're a business waiting for an urgent delivery, or a commuter stuck in the morning rush-hour, gridlock is an all too familiar tale of life in the UK. With public spending checked, the case for new funding solutions is even more compelling, and the Government recognises this. Infrastructure matters to business, and delivering upgrades to our networks is one of the highest priorities for the CBI to get the economy moving again."
And train fares look like they'll be increasing too. Basically, if you ever want to leave the house to work or anything else, you're screwed.