Motorists may be charged for using Britain’s roads
Road pricing is under consideration
Motorists could be charged for using Britain’s roads under plans being considered by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
The proposal is said to be part of plans by the Treasury to plug a tax shortfall of £40 billion caused by the rise in the popularity of electric cars and the loss in fuel duty.
Fuel Duty, currently charged at 57.95p per litre on petrol and diesel vehicles, is on course to raise £27.5bn this financial year.
Vehicle Excise Duty – which is charged on the purchase of cars based on their emission levels – is expected to raise a further £7.1bn.
Mr Sunak is said to be very interested” in the concept of a national road pricing scheme.
There is currently one major toll road – the M6 in the West Midlands – but drivers may see the re-introduction of more tolls on roads, bridges and tunnels, or a new ‘pay-as-you-drive’ scheme.
A ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars is also likely to be accelerated from 2035 to 2030 in England as part of efforts to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Scotland already plans to introduce the ban by 2032.