Government plans to make drivers pay to use Britain's motorways will backfire, says the Association of District Cou...
Government plans to make drivers pay to use Britain's motorways will backfire, says the Association of District Councils.
Charging motorway tolls will force traffic back into cities, towns and villages, causing more congestion and pollution with damaging effects on the environment.
Replying to Department of Transport proposals for motorway charges the associations said it was unclear whether the toll plans are aimed at reducing traffic or simply raising more money.
Road pricing has a role to play in an overall transport strategy, the ADC said. But it called for more research into the likely impact of tolls and rerouted traffic on noise, pollution and safety levels.