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Tolls

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate the Government have made of the minimum daily charge by local authority road pricing schemes required significantly to alter driver behaviour. (139837)

We have made no such estimate. It is up to interested local authorities to propose local schemes as local solutions to local problems.

The Secretary of State announced in a written ministerial statement on 8 February 2007, Official Report, column 47WS, the publication of guidance for local authorities interested in developing business cases for funding from the Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) for local schemes to tackle congestion. The road pricing section of this guidance sets out the Government's position on these points.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what impact he expects EC Directive 2004/52 on the interoperability of electronic toll collection systems to have on the (a) choice and (b) implementation of local authority road pricing systems; [141493]

(2) what provisions he plans to make for the transfer of electronic on-board units fitted to vehicles using local authority road pricing schemes, in the event that the user changes their vehicle; and who will be responsible for the costs incurred thereby;

(3) what provision will be made for the issuing of single invoices where drivers and operators register with multiple road pricing schemes; and what arrangements will be made for the sharing of data between authorities to enable this to happen.

On 8 February 2007 the Secretary of State announced in a written ministerial statement, Official Report, column 47WS, the publication of guidance for local authorities interested in developing business cases for funding from the Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) for local schemes to tackle congestion. The road pricing section of this guidance sets out the Government’s position on this point.