The BRITISH Government wants to introduce a pay-per-mile system for trucks to reduce traffic on the roads of great Britain.
The system proposed by the Department of Transport, the load of vehicles according to their emissions.
The money raised by the fee to help fund road maintenance and repairs, which cost about £120 million per year.
The support will also help to compensate for a predicted reduction in fuel duty raised by the Treasury that sales of hybrid and electric car sales take off. Last year, £27.5 billion was raised from 57.95 p per litre of diesel or petrol, but a 31% drop in sales of diesel vehicles is the slowdown in the new car market for cars with a combustion engine. Conversely, sales of alternative fuel cars have increased by a third in recent months.
The pay-per-mile proposal comes following complaints of British carriers that they are being unfairly hit by the UK’s fuel duty, which is higher than that of most neighbouring European countries. Foreign lorries using Britain’s roads fuel abroad, with lower rates, allowing them to use the UK’s network without directly contributing to its maintenance.
Such a system has been considered for the car by the last Labour government, the former secretary of state for transport, Alistair Darling proposed a € 1 per kilometre charge in a 2004 report. However, the plan has been abandoned because of public reaction.
Current secretary of state for transport, Chris Grayling, has recently said in a BBC Radio 4 programme Today that there is no concrete plan to introduce a pay-per-mile system for cars. He said: “a Lot of people [but] for this and a lot of people think it is the right thing to do, [but] we are not preparing as an alternative way to finance our roads or to the implementation of the tax.
“We have already put in place a system that provides a limited part of the contribution, but we are now in the process of consulting with the industry and say, if we were to move away from different types of tax on transport companies and move to a pay-per-use basis, so that everyone – British, international, contributes to the roads, do you think that it is a good idea?”
The mayor of london Sadiq Khan has suggested a pay-per-mile charge for the capital, which includes cars. In June 2017, Khan said: “We must do not use your car at an affordable price, the safer and more convenient for Londoners going about their daily lives.”
Khan has produced a study that was “considering that the use of the road must be paid in a way which takes account of the impact and the context of individual career paths”. He said: “This would mean that some journeys cost more (at the most busy times of the day or, in congested areas or in the more polluting vehicles), while others at a lower cost.”
A pay-per-mile system is already in place on the M6 toll road in the West Midlands, the load of the users based on how they move along the road. The cars using the length of the road are charged £5.90, while trucks pay up to £11. This rate does not take into account the emissions of each vehicle.
London has introduced a T-Dependent, which requires that drivers of polluting vehicles to pay an extra £10 to travel in the centre of the city. The tax, which was implemented from October, is added to the £11.50 Congestion Charge, so that some drivers could pay £21.50 to enter the capital.