January 2, 2008
Ministers are pressing ahead with a £10million trial of ‘spy-in-the-sky’ road-pricing technology despite widespread public opposition.
Test runs will start soon in seven locations for the scheme which could result in charges of up to £1.30 a mile on the most congested roads.
Volunteer drivers will have units fitted to their cars, which will be tracked by satellite and will automatically deduct payments from a test account.
The trials are proceeding despite previous statements from the Government suggesting that it had abandoned the idea of national road pricing.
Tests are expected to take place in Leeds, North Yorkshire, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, South West London, Suffolk and Essex.
The latest technology will be used to precisely track motorists’ movements at every hour of the day.
New figures from the Government show that the bill of £10million covers only part of the tests, with further costs to follow.