The LGA takes a close interest in the prospects of introducing a national road user charging system and published a major report early this year. The report examined how road pricing could be introduced as a beneficial package which includes investment in highway infrastructure and public transport.
In response to today's speech by the transport secretary, David Sparks, chair of the LGA environment board said: 'We welcome any move towards developing a system that takes into account the needs of all road users and is based on a comprehensive approach to reducing traffic congestion.'
'Successful introduction of a national system will need to include parallel measures giving road users and local communities real choices about travel and lifestyle. It will need to reflect local circumstances, and councils should be given all the necessary tools to ensure that wider community policies on planning, environment and service delivery can be considered in the context of their contribution to the demand of Britain's roads.'
'The association looks forward to further details about the use of the government's new Transport Innovation Fund for possible pilots, and about how the bidding process will fit into the existing statutory local transport plan processes for local authorities.'
'There is now a consensus that the way we pay for the use of our roads needs to change. The point has now been reached where road pricing can be considered as a realistic means of bringing about that change.'
'Just Down the Road? The future of road pricing - a local government perspective' is available here.
The LGA produced a briefing document on the measures set out in the Department for Transport White Paper 'The Future of Transport: a network for 2030', and provides LGA views on a number of areas covered in the white paper.