Transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick has
refused to clarify the government’s position on the introduction of
road pricing.

Asked yesterday at the Fleet Business Show in
London whether a national road pricing strategy was back on
the agenda, Fitzpatrick mentioned the London Congestion Charge and
the local trials taking place in Manchester and Cambridge, but when
pressed on the matter, said only: “There is nothing further to say
on that.”

The minister’s silence on what fleets and other road-users can
expect is perhaps a reflection of the government’s internal
confusion on the subject of road pricing. While recent
environmental reports have recommended the introduction of road
pricing as a way of curbing private car use, Ruth Kelly made
headlines in early March when she appeared to put the concept of
national road pricing on ice.

Kelly’s U-turn came after a petition on the Number 10 website
against road pricing attracted over 1.8m signatures. Fitzpatrick’s
latest refusal to set out government plans will only add to the
confusion surrounding the issue.

 Motor Finance Issue: 42 – April 08
Jo Tacon ,
Published for the web: May 1 08 18:28

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