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Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the Government's plans are to introduce a vehicle tracking and national road pricing scheme; what the most recent estimate is of the cost of such a scheme; what assessment he has made of the effects of such a scheme on (a) the environment and (b) civil liberties; and what the Government's policy is on the use of income from road pricing to fund public transport provision. (291558)

The Government will not proceed with a national road user charging scheme in the next Parliament.

However, road congestion remains a serious long-term problem and it would be irresponsible not to explore the potential of managing demand to help tackle congestion in the future.

Therefore, the Government remain committed to investigating thoroughly a wide range of policies both to reduce congestion and to improve journey-time reliability for all road users.

Given the complexity of the issues involved, the rapid pace of technological change and the number of potential variables, it is not feasible to give any cost and benefit estimates at this stage.

The Government do not generally hypothecate revenues, as to do so can be inefficient.