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Government’s lorry charging scheme doesn’t go far enough

25 January 2012
Reacting to the Government’s consultation on lorry road user charging, Campaign for Better Transport criticised the Government for not going far enough and letting foreign lorries off lightly.

Stephen Joseph, Campaign for Better Transport’s chief executive, said: "The Government's scheme is far too minimal and may even lose money. The Government should instead have gone for a distance-based charging scheme, as most European countries are now doing. This would charge foreign lorries properly for using UK roads, and would raise revenue that could be used to fund a more efficient and greener UK freight industry. We will be pressing the Government to consider alternatives to their plan during the consultation.”

Notes to Editors

1. In October 2010 Campaign for Better Transport commissioned a report from transport consultants MTRU called Lorry Road User Charging: The way forward for the UK, which examined how such a scheme could and should work. You can read the report in full here.

2. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).