Submitted on Friday 29th July 2011
Published on Thursday 4th August 2011
Current status: Closed
Closed: Saturday 4th August 2012
Remove all tolls
There are about 24 tolls in England and Wales (there are none in Scotland or Northern Ireland) that drivers have to pay to use certain roads or river crossings including at Dartford, the Severn, the Mersey and the Humber.
As all drivers in Britain pay the Government around one billion pounds a week in fuel and other taxes, it is unfair that drivers, by the accident of where they live, have to pay more when they travel to work or to visit their families or go to shops and hospitals etc.
Tolls are a very inefficient form of tax and their collection causes delays, congestion and increased pollution.
Tolls harm the economy in the areas where they are located as they create a barrier to free movement for people and businesses.
The Government should remove all the tolls. To do this they would also have to acquire, at a fair price, privately owned tolls such as the M6Toll.
We realise that the Government currently has a deficit, but the benefits to the economy would outweigh the costs.
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