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ICFM conference: road pricing may be only way forward, delegates told

EMPLOYERS with company car drivers will be asking 'for whom the road tolls' as the Government looks for new ways to tackle congestion.

Road space is not matching increased demand, congestion is getting worse and, with little alternative, road pricing may be the only way forward, according to Kevin Delaney, traffic and road safety manager at the RAC Foundation for Motoring.

Outlining the possibilities of any road pricing strategy, Delaney claimed road pricing would vary the charges according to the type of road, time of day and length of journey.

Furthermore, charges would be offset by road and public transport improvements and a reduction in car tax and fuel duty.

Delaney added that heavy goods vehicles could be paying mileage-based taxes by 2006, which could mean cars following as early as 2010.

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