In a letter to The Herald (p14) Mr Wilson writes: 'The SCDI is against the introduction of charging for travelling on existing motorways and other inter-urban trunk roads.
'Inevitably such a move would force traffic on to alternative routes through the local communities that the trunk roads and motorways were originally designed to bypass. The environmental and safety implications of this would be counter-productive and a step into the dark ages.'
However, he continues: 'This is not to say that SCDI would necessarily be against tolling for new and additional roads infrastrucuture, possibly constructed through PFI/PPP.'
Provided full consultation and education on how it will be implemented is undertaken and the principle of hypothecation is accepted, selective road pricing may turn out to be an important factor in ensuring that Scotland's integrated transport network develops logically and coherently.'