Tracking systems may now not be used for road pricing in an attempt by ministers to alleviate fears of privacy invasion. More than 1.8 million drivers signed a petition posted on the Downing Street website opposing road pricing.
Speaking to The Times newspaper, transport minister Dr Stephen Ladyman said signatories’ main concerns centred around having tracking devices fitted to their cars.
All roads in each zone will be charged at the same rate in a move to deter drivers from rat-running in residential areas.
The proposed system has been rejected by the Association of British Drivers as ‘a tax on city living’.
Spokesman Nigel Humphries said: ‘Ministers have been so upset by the level of public resentment that they are now coming up with ever more bizarre ideas.’