Motorway tolls a step closer
01/07/1998 in NEWS
The release of the 'Report on the Test Track Trials of Motorway Tolling Technologies 1996-97' coincided with the end of Leicester City Council's on-street trials of urban road pricing, in which the TRL again played a key role. The motorway tolling scheme showed that commercially available technology can charge vehicles and capture images of non-payers, but at the moment no off-the-shelf package would allow drivers to be charged without the need to stop or slow down.
Transport minister Gavin Strang said: 'These trials proved that electronic road user charging is possible. But putting together a complete electronic system is complex and there are some sub-systems which would need further investigation to ensure they have the necessary capacity and are robust enough for day-to-day use.' And looking ahead to the transport white paper, he added: 'If we are to achieve our goal of an integrated transport network, we must not be afraid to look at innovative technology and fresh approaches.'