An expert says that plans to introduce a scheme were dropped 13 years ago after a lack of public support with the new proposals already heading in the same direction. Richard Alvin, Group Director of Capital Business Media including electric car experts EV Powered has openly attacked the proposals which would add “additional costs” to road users.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he also warned that the new scheme could end up being used to pay off heavy amounts of government debt brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “In October 2019, the cross-party House of Commons Transport Select Committee pledged that it would start a national debate over the introduction of potential pay-per-mile road pricing schemes.
“The Labour government first considered road pricing 13 years ago. However, plans were dropped over fears of a public backlash. Which, if I am honest, is what’s happening now.
“Implementing additional costs to a nation of people who are already stretched economically doesn’t really make any sense, outside of footing the bill for the COVID-19 pandemic of course.”
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However, Mr Alvin has previously warned that a pay-by-mile scheme could end up charging drivers more than they would pay under their petrol and diesel models.
An estimated 75p per mile system would see a simple 400 mile round trip cost motorists over £530 to complete the journey.
Under the current car tax rules, drivers are charged a heavy first-year rate based on their vehicle emission rates.
Higher polluting cars can spend up to £2,000 on costs with charges falling to just £10 for hybrid models.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “The most sensible option would be to introduce a new form of annual road tax based on the size of the car.
“So, for example a Mini could be charged £500 per year whilst a large Audi e-tron would receive an annual bill of £1,200.
“These figures are around double what you would pay for a similar petrol or diesel model at the moment.
“But when you take into consideration the reduction in the fuel cost, the treasury would be able to claw back some of that lost fuel duty.
“Then couple that with black box mileage recorders for low mileage users providing say 25 percent off, similar to a single person’s discount on your council tax.”