Monday, October 15, 2007

National road pricing plans dumped

Stockholm charging zoneToday's Telegraph leads with news that the government is to drop plans for a national road pricing system. Is this the first victory for e-democracy, following the petition on the prime minister's website that drew 1.8m signatures? It's certainly a victory for evidence-based policymaking, with the government finally paying attention to data that showed 88% of congestion occurring in urban areas rather than out in the countryside.

Privacy concerns also played a strong part in the policy reversal, with motorists worried about satellite tracking of journeys. Perhaps the national Automatic Number Plate Recognition system should be next on their list…

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