Driving proposal

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.

One Comment to Motorists may be charged for using Britain’s roads

  1. This is confused and illogical thinking by the Government. Their intention to ban fossil fuel vehicles in the future for the cause of promoting electric vehicle deprives them of very significant revenues from fuel purchases and other taxes.The taxes from motorists pays for the construction, maintenance and upgrading of all roadways, therefore there should be no additional costs for toll roads, charge by the mile fees or similar schemes. Theoretically if everyone sold their vehicle, electric or fossil fuel the Government would be even in a bigger financial mess – missing out on billion and billions of pounds. The Government should be looking to reduce their cost to meet the shortfall in revenues rather that threatening the motorist with additional costs.

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