Road Charging and Tracking by stealth and lies

The Government is
facing accusations
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
control traffic.

 

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. 

The technology
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.

David Threlfall
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
charging.” 

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.

The
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. 

More
lies, ignoring the will of the people, just another day for this duplicitous government.

 

Whatever they
tell you today, you can be sure it will be used for something different
tomorrow.

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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