Major threat to routes in England
IN 2007, the Government backed down after 1.8 million people signed a petition against road pricing. Wary of that, the newly-elected coalition government promised not to bring in road pricing (other than for lorries) or even prepare for it.
Although the Government would consider levying tolls on totally new roads like motorways, we were assured that our existing roads would not be tolled.
There is now the threat of major routes in England effectively being sold off, and the public being charged to use existing roads. The government has quietly started engaging with local authorities with a view to softening up public opinion.
The driving public has paid something like £500 billion into the roads since 1997, with only a fraction spent back. To charge us even more for driving on inadequate roads would be adding insult to injury.
The government should get its priorities right instead of reaching into our pockets. I encourage readers to write to their MP c/o House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA to say "Can't pay, won't pay".
Brian Gregory, chairman
Association of British Drivers