UK to start pay-as-you-drive road charging trials in 2010

UK to start pay-as-you-drive road charging trials in 2010

Eight areas – Leeds, North Yorkshire, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire, south west London, Suffolk and Essex – have been selected for the pay-per-mile trials.

The trials will begin in January 2010, with one hundred cars in each area being equipped with GPS devices to track their movements.

The government is reportedly close to signing contracts with four companies that will conduct the national trials, testing not only the technology that will be fitted into the cars, but also the administration necessary to run a system, including sending out bills.

UK motorists already pay some of the highest taxes in the world. It is not clear whether the pay-as-you-drive road charging scheme would replace existing motoring taxes or be introduced on top of them.

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