merseymouth wrote:Maybe we could also copy the charges to use motorways that many countries employ??
I will confess ignorance as to what the full systems are, do vehicle owners in those countries have to pay the equivalent charge such as the V.E.D. applied here, then pay additional fees to use motorways, then it is certainly fair that we pay when we visit their country. But if it is a pick and mix that brings about inequalities then it should be looked at.
I repeat again I know little on this matter, but why shouldn't folk who wreck he roads pay to maintain them regardless of location!
Truth is I wish we could reverse the reliance on massive road miles employed for movement of goods, landed in lorries at coastal ports then erosive travel the length & breadth of the U.K. to go to other ports to travel to another country with ports! Why not cut out the worn down middle country?
Switzerland has measures in place to limit the use of the country as a rat run, greener than the current model here!
As always I don't think we're going to improve things without an integrated transport policy. And a fair bit of that needs to be integrated with our neighbours.
There's a very helpful paper on options for motoring taxation from the Institute for Fiscal Studies:"A road map for motoring taxation"https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/14407https://www.ifs.org.uk/uploads/Presenta ... xation.pdf
and it includes:"A system of road pricing where charges vary by time and location is the best way to incorporate the costs of congestion into the prices paid by drivers."
PS: It's usually wiser to think of public expenditure on roads not as being hypothecated from VED or other direct transport taxes but as coming from general taxation.