Green tax: Britain’s road pricing scheme
First discussed by then British Transport Secretary, Alistair Darling, in 2004; Britain’s road pricing scheme is once again being reconsidered by the Committee on Climate Change.
The “green tax” idea proposes a fee of £1.50 a mile depending on time of day and levels of congestion on the road. Electronic tracking devices will be attached to vehicles to enable authorities to charge the motorist accordingly.
In order to be effective, it has to be used alongside the current fuel tax. Any reduction in fuel tax to levy the road user tax would defeat the whole purpose.
Although this scheme is highly unpopular among the majority of the Brits, its target is to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Alternative suggestions were also made such as strict enforcement of speed limits and government subsidies on electric car purchases among others. The British government is yet to take action.
By Maria Belgado