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'Tolls could increase accident dangers'

THE Government is being urged to reconsider plans to introduce road tolls after research found that drivers are more likely to have an accident on unclassified roads. The findings come from VELO Motor Accident Management's Fleet Insurance Review 1999 and are based on data from almost 55,000 accidents, thefts and other insurance-related incidents.

Steve Rattle, managing director of VELO, said: 'While there is clearly a necessity to clear congestion on roads, the Government should carefully consider the implementation of road tolls. The implementation of such taxes could force more drivers on to unclassified roads where accident rates are much higher.'

Other findings from the review included: average cost of A-road accidents - £1,447, motorways - £1,574, unclassified roads - £894. Previous analysis showed the average costs of accidents on a Saturday was higher than any other day.

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