Motorists could be forced to pay per mile on all UK roads under new government toll plans – reports – Manchester Evening News

The government is reportedly considering introducing a new toll system for all roads in the UK.

The move would mean drivers could be forced to pay for every mile they drive in order to raise more money in tax for the government.

Tolls are currently restricted to some bridges and areas such as the M6 toll – where car drivers pay £7 to use the motorway, reports WalesOnline.

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Other systems are in place to hit climate change targets such as the congestion charge in London.

The change is reportedly being reviewed as the government faces falling revenues from petrol duty – with more motorists switching to electric cars.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has previously expressed an interest in the move, and the Daily Mail reports that the scheme is back on the agenda.

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The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change published a report calling for road pricing to be introduced in August.

It said: “A new system of vehicle taxation is urgently needed. As more people purchase electric vehicles, changes to taxation will be harder to manage.

“Road pricing offers the opportunity to resolve these issues in a way that works for motorists and society.”

AA president Edmund King previously said a road pricing system could allow drivers to have 3,000 free miles – with an extra 1,000 in rural areas – before paying per journey.

The RAC said last year that eventually a road pricing system “would probably use vehicle tracking technology to monitor how much we drive”.

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “We simply do not comment on speculation – especially guesses around spending which is not in our remit.”

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