Car insurance: Road pricing "is disgraceful"

Friday, 12 December 2008

Motorists who already shell out for petrol and car insurance should not have to pay to use certain roads, it has been claimed.

The Association of British Drivers (ABD) said such pricing schemes will only ever work when people do not have a choice of routes - such as when crossing the Severn Bridge.

It insisted when motorists do have options, they will always go for the less expensive one.

The group added it hoped residents in Greater Manchester would reject proposals for a congestion charge.

Results of a vote on the scheme are expected to be revealed today.

ABD spokesperson Nigel Humphries said: "The whole idea of paying for using the roads, while we've already been taxed £45 billion, is disgraceful and can only make ... [driving] difficult."

In related news, the Department for Transport unveiled plans for faster lanes for motor insurance customers willing to pay for a quicker journey on congested roads during rush hour earlier this year.

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