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Labour to scrap national road pricing plans
« on: October 15, 2007, 02:18:27 pm »
Deliberate duplicate post. Also posted here:

At the 2007 Labour Party Conference, Transport Minister Ruth Kelly, (Anne Snelgrovesnew boss), said:

" Road pricing is inevitable".

Yet just a couple of weeks later...the opposite appears to be the case, and road pricing does not, in fact, appear to be inevitable, or perhaps ICM and Mori polls really are the parliamentary equivalent of penicillin because the conjunctivitus affecting the government during the Bliar years appears to sloughing away at quite a rate.

Quote from:
Ministers are to perform a U-turn by shelving plans for a national road pricing scheme that would have cost motorists up to £1.30 a mile.

The Government has bowed to the groundswell of opposition which saw 1.8 million people back a Downing Street petition and a campaign by The Daily Telegraph calling for the proposals to be ditched.
Labour to scrap national road pricing plans.The possibility of tracking every motorist's movements by satellite alarmed many.

The sudden reversal on road pricing is the latest in a series of flagship policies advocated by Tony Blair to have been scrapped by Gordon Brown.

It follows the decision to abandon plans for a "super casino" and to review the current laws on cannabis and all-day drinking.

One senior Government source said national road pricing had fallen down the list of priorities – "it has been back burnered."

The retreat will be signalled by the Department for Transport this week in response to a back bench committee's report into the draft Local Transport Bill.

The Bill was seen as a staging post for a comprehensive scheme that would affect every driver.

This was made clear by Douglas Alexander, the former transport secretary, when he urged Cabinet colleagues to find a slot for the Bill in the last Queen's speech.

He wrote in August last year that it would "help to pave the way for a national road-pricing scheme in the medium to long term".

But next week MPs will be told by the DfT: "It is not the department's intention, at this stage, to take the separate powers needed to price the national road network."

The department will add: "We agree that there are congestion problems on parts of the strategic road network, but 88 per cent of congestion is in urban areas. Therefore it is sensible to prioritise the assessment of road pricing in these areas."

Peter Roberts, the campaigner who posted the petition on the Downing Street website, said he was delighted that the Government "listened to the voice of the people".

Full article here

It should be noted that the government has not actually scrapped the scheme.

I've also changed my diagnosis in the two minutes it's taken me to type this. Polls do not exercise an antibiotic effect, they are a laxative.

I believe we are witnessing an attack of poll-induced diarrhoea on a governmental scale......which might just result in a prolapsed bowel, (or a cabinet re-shuffle), if the general public finally get to grips with the importance of the National Identity Register.

If Joe and Josephine public were outraged by the prospect of being watched, and charged, by are they going to react to being card-charged and card watched from cradle to grave ?.

In any event, perhaps Ruth Kelly ought to stick to the Opus Dei handbook, and carry on flogging herself instead of flogging the half-dead mule of Douglas Alexanders' transport policies.

Has anyone told Annie yet?.....someone ought to as she's apparently the last one in Westminster to learn anything 'new'.


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