Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Top Gear - Top Charges

Proof positive that Thanet South MP and Transport Minister, Dr 'Steve' Ladyman is in touch with public opinion when he reportedly suggests drivers could come to "love" road pricing if it is introduced.

The minister also said he was disappointed that no council in Kent had expressed any interest in trialling a "pay-as-you-go" scheme.

Kent Online reports that the government has been put on the back foot over its possible plans after a Downing Street online petition opposing road pricing drew 1.7 million signatures and you can read the the Minister's other ideas here.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just an out of touch minister from an out of touch Government. I naively thought that ROAD FUND TAX
mmeant I was paying a tax to fund road building and improvements.

Anonymous said...

This goes deeper than just another scheme to part the working man and woman from their hard earned cash. Underlying it is a push from Europe which wants to introduce road charging schemes Europe wide. Partly to support their flagging Galileo gps system, and possibly because it suits the control freaks in nulabour and Brussels to know where we are day and night.

Anonymous said...

anon again!

I have a taxing question.... Does Mr Ladyman go when Mr Blair goes?
It would be better if he did.... (my opinion)(road user in Thanet, where the roads are obviously designed by Hitchcock and used by the Corsa/Fiesta teen cretins, who overtake at the most dangerous times). Sorry boys.... but its true and you all know it!

Anonymous said...

Why are the roads so bumpy here?

Anonymous said...

At least the Goverment has the guts and drive to face the issue of road congestion. Since 1997 car ownership has increased from 27 million to 36 million, road congestion is on the increase, car pollution levels one day will be critical. David Cameron is leading the conservatives down the environment path, but have the conservatives got the backbone to face the real environmental issues of the future, I don't think so. At present they are playing media backed opposition politics to the full and would possibly win the next general election as result, But are they capable of governing past a full term and it certainly will be interesting to know how confident some conservatives feel about that prospect.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't mind the Government having the guts to face the issue of road congestion if they had instituted a joined up transport policy 10 years ago in 1997. Like the problem of energy supplies,crime, immigration, pensions etc etc, this Government appears incapable of any joined up strategic thinking and planning on any issue. No wonder the people of Basra have electricity only 4hrs per day and problems with freshwater and sewage, let alone security after their liberation in 2003! Tony and George couldn't look ahead to what might happen let alone put some strategic planning in place. I have come to the conclusion that do nothing is far better than the endless tinkering this Government does!