Senior MP calls on David Cameron to sell off Britian's motorway network to private firms

Britain’s motorways must be privatised to allow for a reduction in fuel duty tax.

That is the view of the chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee Tim Yeo.

Yeo, a former shadow environment and transport minister, has warned prime minister David Cameron that in order to meet his pledges on the environment, he must begin privatising the roads, as well as introducing wholesale road taxing.

Tory MP Yeo also claimed that the funds created by privatising the motorway network would allow for a reduction in fuel duty tax, benefiting those who use the roads less.

He added that the London congestion charge scheme, which is currently one of only a handful of road pricing plans operating in the country, is “crude and unimaginative”.

By contrast, Yeo said the M6 toll relief road around Birmingham had proven extremely popular with motorists, helping to ease motorway congestion.

He also encouraged Cameron to introduce a plan to allocate personal carbon credits to each motorist in Britain. When a person’s allocation is used up, they would then have to “buy” more credits from other motorists.

As part of a recent poll, the AA asked its members whether they would support parts of the British motorway network being sold off to be managed by private firms.

Almost seven in 10 of AA members said they would not oppose the idea, but many also felt that the maintenance of the sold off motorway sections should be paid for by the government, and not by the introduction of toll charges.

Paul Watters, the AA’s head of roads policy, said: “Although the poll shows some sympathy with the plight of the public finances and need for solutions to fix them, it is hardly surprising that drivers don’t want to pay twice for the roads that they regard as having already been paid for over the years through their fuel duty and road tax”.

Darren Moss

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20 July 2010

Could they then also be sponsored?

Instead of the M1, we might have the Nike Highway, the Northern Rock Road (closed for maintainence), the Red Bull Route and so on...

20 July 2010

As I said on another similar thread, why privatise? Why the rush to sell off what we, the taxpayers, have built with our hard earned tax money? If they want to start a toll scheme then go ahead, but do not put the revenue into private "for profit" organisations - WE OWN IT! I use the M25 and M4 every day, but always outside peak times, simply to avoid sitting in slow or stationary traffic. I may even start looking at working from home a couple of days a week. This will cut down on my emissions and save me about £1000 a year on fuel, plus about 10,000 miles less a year in wear and tear on the car. But, when I do need to use the motorways, it would be nice to think that the money I may be charged to do so is going into government coffers for road improvement schemes, and not into the wallets of the big shareholders (probably big banks).

As for the idea of personal "carbon credits", what a pointless scheme. Like it's bigger cap and trade scheme, it does nothing to reduce emissions, but raises revenue for newly created carbon trading swindlers, such as Mr. Al Gore.

20 July 2010

Great, the econazis strike again, screwing the poor bloody motorist to fund their wind farms and ecothinktanks and other such worthless waste...

20 July 2010

Since when was the M6 Toll road popular? What's really worrying is that if truth be told the Lib Dems and many in Labour agree with the idea of toll roads. And now it seems the Tories are coming round.

We the Motorists of this world really need to make our voices heard before it's too late. Maybe we should start the Jeremy Clarkson party for the Motorists!

20 July 2010

[quote TStag]Maybe we should start the Jeremy Clarkson party for the Motorists![/quote]

Quick! Restart that No10 petition! Clarkson would be a brilliant Prime Minister - he rubbished such suggestions, saying he's far too inconsistent, but who needs consistency when you're PM? That's what advisers and other ministers are for!

Of course, I wouldn't want JC as Transport Secretary - he'd probably tear up all the railways and turn them into roads, which would be a pity (says me as an unreconstructed railway enthusiast).

20 July 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]

[quote TStag]Maybe we should start the Jeremy Clarkson party for the Motorists![/quote]

Quick! Restart that No10 petition! Clarkson would be a brilliant Prime Minister


when will you saps realise that Clarkson is just an establishment tool? he has made a fortune out of playing the dissenter to the established order, but is in fact a core part of the status quo. his prime concern is maximising revenue for himself from his now unwatchably crap, self-indulgent show, top gear. for the BBC and the elite more widely he serves the puropse of being a on-side release valve for the pent up frustration most of the population have with the way they are governed. if you think clarkson and his kind are your salvation you really are emotionally and intellectually stunted.

Yeo is a known bought and paid lobbyist and shill for 'green power' interests - google yeo and guy fawkes' order order. he is, as has been said above, the UK equivalent of Al Gore. anyone who reads up on his background would dismiss this clown for his transparent motivations. as to selling off the roads he is but the figurehead of interests behind the scenes who know that UK is bust - £5 trillion debt latest figure? - and is forced to flog off the remaining family silver. why no mention in this report that banker N.M.Rothschild had already said publicly before the general election that selling off the roads would raise £100bn for HM Treasury? the bankers and one rung down corporatists are behind the likes of yeo, knowing that what remains of the UK's common wealth is being readied for final slicing off. again, if you fall for it, like global warming, you deserve everything - higher energy bills, further controls on your freedom of movement, increased deaths thru cold in winter due to lack of generation and unaffordable bills - you and your family will have coming.

20 July 2010

Why not? The plan appears to be to privatise everything. They should privatise the Government too.

Anway, I live in France now so I don't care.

20 July 2010

the day this happens is the day i finally pack up and leave this country. where did i put my green card again? yes in my suitcase. better wipe it clean. We've been taxed heavily for so long and now they want us pay to use the roads that they have already taxed us to build and repair? what is wrong with politicians? the thing that annoys me the most is that they still think they're succeeding in selling us this 'green' crap? Yeo and Al Gore ''we can see through your lies''. they fly around in private jets and yet propose for someone like me driving a normal 1.8 petrol car to be taxed to the high heavens. if you're stupid enough like me to get an extra job they tax you more. and they wonder why there are people on the dole simply refusing to work.

20 July 2010

On this topic I have no idea why fellow bloggers launch into an anti-eco group, anti-left wing tirade, or try to defame Gore and the like. It's as if they have been brainwashed to aim for the wrong target.

There isn't a left-wing administration in Europe, certainly not in the UK. There are pockets of traditional left-wing protest groups but they are protest groups simply because they don't have power. Currently European countries are almost all right of centre, or far right, and all have embraced the Chicago School of extreme economics.

The call for more privatisation is a predicable attempt issued at the start of a new government administration perceived to be sympathetic to private ownership of everything - ownership by emperor CEOs - to grab another slice of society's infrastructure on the basis that it will make us "freer", offer less government intrusion, and coincidentally, but never intentionally, make those CEOs even wealthier. It has no "green" significance whatsoever except to remove our rights of good supervision and good governance of roads and road policies.

And the claim it will lessen the hand of big government is completely delusional - it will increase government interference by taking from the many to give to the few. To begin with government must impose that privatisation upon us ... then ensure standards are kept to a minimum, then collect company taxes, then ...

20 July 2010

[quote Curmudgeon]

Anway, I live in France now so I don't care.


Hang on!!!!! Is ten times worse there. Personal taxation is even higher than the UK, the bureaucracy is crippling, last time I drove down the Autoroute petrol was more expensive (though to be fair diesel was much cheaper) AAAAANNNNDDDD they already have tolls on their motorways.

Mind you with the French countryside, weather, food and attitude to the work/life balance I wouldn't care either. If their coffee was as good as the Italian's the place would be perfect. :-)


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