Motorists could pay more tax to drive on motorways. 31/10/12
Government officials are considering a shake-up of the car tax regulations to include an extra cost for motorway users.
The proposals suggest a 'standard' road tax for users of local roads and A-roads and an additional tax for the use of motorways and major A-roads.
These radical changes are now being considered as more and more motorists opt for smaller engined vehicles to avoid paying the higher rates of duty. This may have contributed in reduced income for the Treasurys coffers.
It has been suggested that enforcement would be provided by the extensive use of ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology.
A spokesman for the AA has warned that we could end up with a two-tier system with only the well-off having access to the convenience of motorway driving, with the rest of us having to use the more congested minor routes.
This proposal is one of many reforms to the system currently under consideration.