Magazine article Public Finance

Road Pricing Scheme 'Could Negate Kyoto Compliance'

Magazine article Public Finance

Road Pricing Scheme 'Could Negate Kyoto Compliance'

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Any attempt to soften the blow of road pricing by cutting taxes risks overturning the government s efforts to comply with the Kyoto protocol, a leading transport expert has warned.

Tony Grayling, who specialises in transport policy at the Institute for Public Policy Research, told Public Finance that although the general idea of road pricing was a good one, there were concerns about how the scheme would be delivered.

'Cutting fuel duty might lead to an overall increase in road traffic and emissions, particularly in rural areas, and frustrate efforts to meet UK targets in cutting greenhouse gases,' he said.

'But there is all to play for and there are ways of overcoming the difficulties. One could envisage a scheme where a premium is paid by gas guzzlers and fuel-efficient cars receive a discount. …

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