I understand why many of you are very sceptical about any proposal to shift the log jam – and the over taxing – on our roads. Many politicians are anti motorist, and do see motorists as an easy source of tax. You should know me better. The scheme I outlined does not increase the revenue take from the motorist for existing travel levels. It offers more motorists the chance of a better deal.
You win if you travel less than the average in your car.
You win if you travel on non toll roads.
You win if you travel on toll roads outside peak hours.
Everyone on the roads wins because there would be more capacity and better management of the roads.
You pay a user charge for using big roads at dear times of day instead of having to pay a tax which you cannot avoid
Our roads are grinding to a halt. They are very badly managed. The motorist is ripped off every day for a rotten service. The phones used to be like that. We were short of capacity and phone lines because they were part of the public spending exercise and rarely took priroity. After privatisation they provided much more capacity, and the companies concerned started paying tax to the Exchequer instead of needing subsidy.Prices fell.
Most of you tell me regularly the state is doing too much and should be smaller. Let’s get it out of the super highways business.