UK drops lorry road user charging scheme

Britain has abandoned a plan to introduce national distance-based charging for lorries from 2008. The government now wants to wrap the plans into a wider, and even more ambitious, goal of distance charging for all vehicles, transport minister Alistair Darling said on Tuesday. This could take up to 15 years to implement. Britain's haulage industry declared itself "appalled" at the decision. Environmentalists reacted with "disappointment". The transport ministry said the change was "commonsense and practical". See press releases from transport ministry, freight transport association, and NGO Transport 2000

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