The Government is
of introducing pay as you drive charges by stealth, after it emerged that work
has begun on the technology to introduce it on the road network.
The scheme, known
as National Roads Telecommunications Services, is being promoted as an
initiative both to provide drivers with information and enable the Agency to
But one of the
companies involved in the 10-year project has revealed that the network is
equipped with the technology to adapted it to track and charge motorists as
they use the country's arterial routes.
will allow the government to track vehicles whether or not the charging element
is introduced, by simply putting RFID chips in tax discs or number plates.
is project manager with Hyder Consulting, one of the consortium involved with
the scheme. He said: “NRTS will also be capable of supporting future
initiatives currently being considered by the Government and industry,
including roadside to vehicle communications and electronic road user
His admission led
to claims from opponents of the project that the Highways Agency project was in
reality a “Trojan Horse” for pay as you drive charges
So, the box in a car road charging scheme was a
big red herring. A way to gauge public acceptability, but the petition
which gained 1.8 million signatures didn’t distinguish between tracking and
charging in its opposition.
government is most likely to introduce tracking first as it can do that secretly without
the majority of drivers being aware that it is taking place, because tracking
and population control appears to be higher on the government agenda than charging.
lies, ignoring the will of the people, just another day for this duplicitous government.
tell you today, you can be sure it will be used for something different