The last 48 hours have been pivotal for the UK’s motorists.

In the North West, a televised debate raged over the arguments for the planned Greater Manchester congestion zone.

A region-wide vote on the plans to use road tolls to cross-subsidise an expanded public transport system takes place on 11 December.

And this morning London Mayor Boris Johnson announced plans to scrap the western extension of the Congestion Charge.

The western extension has been highly controversial in the capital. A local referendum rejected the idea, but then-mayor Ken Livingstone installed it anyway, despite predictions it would not financially break even for a decade.

In truth, throwing a spy-camera loop around wealthy Kensington and Chelsea was the first step in introducing a £25 per day charge for anybody rash enough to have a car emitting over 225g CO2 per kilometer.