It is the first step towards a national road pricing scheme that will charge motorists up to £1.34 a mile to travel on busy roads in peak times.
The Sunday Times reports that areas considering introducing charging schemes include Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent and Shrewsbury.
The increase in towns interested in such schemes comes after Transport Secretary Alistair Darling announced he was releasing £18 million to fund feasibility studies into ‘schemes where pricing is a major element’.
Fuel and fleet management company Arval is calling on the Government to ensure any UK and European road charging schemes have a ‘consistent approach’.
Mike Waters, head of market analysis, said: ‘There is the need for UK schemes to be developed with reference to wider European initiatives.
‘The European Union has begun addressing the issue of ‘inter-operability’ of toll roads and road-pricing, with the long-term goal of ensuring that technology and systems correspond throughout the EU.
‘Multiple schemes across the UK could make any future process of co-ordination across the EU impossible.
‘Any future roll-out of demand management schemes or pilot road-charging schemes must involve standardised technology and administration.
‘Business cannot afford to absorb the increased costs that would clearly be a factor without a set of centrally defined standards.’