Motorists may face paying tolls on new roads under Tory plans.
According to the Daily Telegraph this morning, David Cameron is being forced to consider a road toll as public borrowing is forecast to reach more than Â£1trillion.He has openly said that he 'cannot rule out tax increases' if he wins the next general election. It is obvious that this new road toll is likely to be very unpopular with motorists who are already paying the highest fuel duty in the world at 54p per litre plus VAT.He describes the challenge of repairing the country's finances as 'daunting' and after ruling out new charges for the NHS services, Mr Cameron said 'We've said we're happy to look at road tolls. I don't think that the eye in the sky big government scheme they [Labour] were planning was going to work, but separate road tolls...'Critics of the M6 toll road say that it has not been an unqualified success. This roads first proposal by the Conservatives in the 1980's saw the road eventually open in 2003 in the hope that it would carry 74,000 vehicles a day. The number of drivers have fallen since the day it opened to approximately 39,000 vehicles a day in 2008. In addition to this, the local roads around the M6 have not seen a reduction in congestion either. Many hauliers decide against using the toll road as the price is too expensive. Cars are charged Â£4.70 for the 27 mile journey and lorries are charged Â£9.Labour have also recently been forced to abandon the plan of pay as you drive road pricing as more then 1.8 million people signed a petition for Downing Street against the scheme.Many motoring organisations have said that the Tories were making a mistake by considering tolls for the roads. Edmund King president of the AA has said ' All the evidence suggests the public aren't ready for it and don't trust politicians to deliver a fair system.'How do you feel about this proposed road toll system? Frankly, I think I pay enough for my car as it is and would not like to see more money being taking from motorists yet again. I really think that politicians need to start being honest with us as the country seems to be losing faith in the system. Mr Brown has accused Mr Cameron of failing to disclose how the Conservatives will cut public spending without reducing the quality of public services which are struggling to meet expectations as it is.Let us know your thoughts.(Thank you to imuttoo on Flickr for the use of this photo)