Support for UK-wide road pricing
Nationwide congestion charging on British roads should be introduced to help reduce traffic and pollution, concludes a report issued on Tuesday by independent think-tank the Institute for public policy research. Introducing such a scheme in England by 2010 - provided fuel taxes were not reduced - would cut traffic levels by 7%, carbon dioxide emissions by 8% and increase bus use by 11%, the study concluded. The UK government is considering nationwide road pricing, possibly in combination with a reduction of other motoring taxes (EED 10/07/03). See press release and report.