Online movement against pay-as-you-go roads gets over a million signatures
12 February 2007

When we last reported on the online petition against UK pay-as-you-go road pricing on 12 January, it had over 295,000 signatures. At the weekend it passed one million, and it's now at around 1,130,000 signatures and rising.

The petition, argues that road pricing is unfair, and will hit the poorest hardest.

Transport secretary Douglas Alexander has said that the government will listen to people. However, that doesn't mean that road pricing won't go ahead – after all, in 2003 around a million people gathered in London to march against the war in Iraq, and that didn't change anything.

"Ultimately, it will be a matter for parliament to make decisions, but it is important that people have the chance to have their say and no doubt people will offer a range of opinions during that debate," said Alexander, in an interview on BBC's Today programme. But he added that we had no choice as "our roads are literally filling up."

However, without reliable, affordable public transport, millions of people throughout the UK also have no choice but to drive to work.

To sign the petition, click here.

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