Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

125,000 Sign Petition against 'Sinister' Road Pricing

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

125,000 Sign Petition against 'Sinister' Road Pricing

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Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS

ALMOST 125,000 people have signed a petition against " sinister and wrong" road pricing.

The petition was posted on Downing Street's own website in November and is attracting signatures at the rate of around 1,000 an hour.

It was put online by Peter Roberts, an account manager from Telford who drives 22,000 miles a year in his company car, and reads: "We, the undersigned, petition the Prime Minister to scrap the planned vehicle tracking and road pricing policy.

"The idea of tracking every vehicle at all times is sinister and wrong. Road pricing is already here with the high level of taxation on fuel. The more you travel, the more tax you pay.

"It will be an unfair tax on those who live apart from families and poorer people who will not be able to afford the high monthly costs."

It concludes: "Please, Mr Blair, forget about road pricing and concentrate on improving our roads to reduce congestion."

Motoring g roups today described the response to the petition as "staggering". …

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