April 26, 2005

Driving Tarrifs

I've just had a thought; it may not be the first time this thought has been thought of, but I haven't come accross it elsewhere…

I think all motorways, and possibly A–roads, cities, and what–have–you, should be toll roads and that this should replace car tax.

Then, if you only drive occasionally, you only pay tolls occasionaly, so it doesn't cost you much; a sort of "Pay as you go" driving tarrif.
On the other hand, if you drive a lot then you could subscribe to a scheme where, for a monthly fee, to get a certain number of tolls included, and then pay for any extra. There could be several tarrifs, with varying monthly fees and included tolls and this monthly contract scheme would also have the convenience of not needing any cash at the time.

Personally I think this is a good idea, but I'm sure I've come accross something like it somewhere before…

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  1. Or – the much, much cheaper option (in terms of setup charges, confusing everybody, etc.) would be to scrap the vehicle licensing tax and other motoring charges, and absorb them into the (already extremely high) cost of fuel.

    26 Apr 2005, 23:58

  2. Ah, yes, but that's just not as much fun…

    27 Apr 2005, 00:11

  3. Plus it would cost an absolute bomb for transport companies etc, as we currently subsidise them a lot, as their taxes aren't proportionally high enough to cover the mileage they drive.

    Surely the main problem is that if you had to cover a long distance, then stopping at every toll booth would become ridiculously time consuming. Though give it ten years, put a tracking device in every car, then directly take it from their bank balance. After all, all such large scale public projects work first time.

    27 Apr 2005, 16:19

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