10 October 2019
Commenting on the House of Commons' Transport Select Committee's announcement of a future inquiry into road pricing, Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"The way all vehicles are charged to use the UK's roads must change. Legally binding targets to decarbonise the economy and the public health imperative to clean up the air in towns and cities mean that Vehicle Excise Duty and Fuel Duty are outdated, and becoming increasingly irrelevant with the growth in electric vehicles.
"The Government needs to consider now the best mechanisms to replace VED and Fuel Duty that will grow the use of public transport, walking and cycling, as well as ensuring adequate funding for the maintenance and renewal of the existing road network. A national road pricing scheme based on distance travelled, level of congestion, and how polluting the vehicle is should be developed. However, this income should stay at the local level rather than with HM Treasury so that local areas are able to invest to meet their communities' transport needs."
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Notes to Editors
The Transport Select Committee's announcement can be read on its website.
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