The way we charge drivers is bad for the environment, promotes congestion and is unfair on low-mileage motorists and those in more remote areas or with poor access to public transport. Reform Scotland believes that we need to look at replacing vehicle excise duty and fuel duty with a pay-as-you drive road pricing scheme and that the UK and Scottish governments should work together to develop pilot schemes in Scotland. Both are committed to phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. This means fuel duty is living on borrowed time, while vehicle excise duty punishes those who drive infrequently. Singapore has been using an electronic road pricing (ERP) scheme since 1998. It can charge different prices for the use of different roads and at different times of the days. Cars have an in-vehicle unit with a smart card and when they pass under one of 93 ERP gantries the system deducts the fee.
Times 4th April 2021 read more »