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    Road Toll Systems Tested In Yorkshire, England

    Research to test efficiency of schemes that could mean drivers paying for every mile they travel
    MOTORISTS could have to pay a fee for every mile they travel if a scheme being tested in Yorkshire proves a success.
    Paul Whitehouse
    The Department of Transport has organised the research to establish the effectiveness of three different road charging systems and whether they could work on a practical level.
    A group of 450 volunteers are involved in the trial, which will go on until the summer of next year.
    When it is complete, Department of Transport experts will use the information they gather to assess how effective each system might be if introduced on the roads.
    One is a simple London-style congestion charge, where a camera network is used to monitor vehicles entering a certain area.
    The other two systems are more sophisticated and would involved drivers paying for every mile they travel.
    One uses global positioning system technology, with satellites used to monitor the movements of vehicles on the road. Each vehicle would have to be fitted with a small electronic box which could be "seen" by the satellite above.
    The third system uses microwave technology to produce a similar effect, so every vehicle on the road could be identified and charged appropriately.
    The Government stresses that road charging is not a policy at present and the trial is being conducted just to establish what is available. It would be some years before a system could be introduced and estimates for charges range from 1p to 1.40 per mile, depending on the type of road and time of day. Heavily congested roads would attract the highest charges.
    All three types of equipment are on gantries which have gone up on roads around Leeds. Signs alongside advise motorists they are tests, but only the 450 volunteers are affected by the equipment.
    The London system has been regarded as a success, but has proved expensive to administer although the technology involved is relatively basic.
    Edinburgh residents have recently voted against a similar system and there are no other towns or cities with active plans for congestion charging.
    A Government spokeswoman said: "It is only the technology which is being tested, it is not Government policy to introduce road-user charging. It is purely a technical trial to see what the options are."
    Traffic levels are predicted to continue rising and charging is regarded as one way of controlling that growth.
    There are doubts about whether a national road pricing system would be economically or practically viable, however.
    The head of roads policy with the AA Motoring Trust, Paul Watters, said: "For the higher technical specification schemes it is still some way away so I don't think people are immediately panicked but I think people know the Government has been playing with this idea for some time.
    "Our latest research shows people are worried about a "big brother" system and don't want to be tracked. The Government will have to set out its stall and decide which system it wants to move forward with."
    One option, he said, was to find a system that would attract road-users voluntarily, as water meters were introduced as a voluntary alternative to blanket water rates.
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    1 word descibes that system: GAY!

    Tracking cars!!!! that would really **** me off. I want to drive where and when i want and it is no-body elses business. The reasont hey really want to track you is auto speeding fines!!!!

    the pay per mile could benifit people like me who currently pay more road tax than a new Ferrari does!!! on a little 1.6!!!! as i don't do a huge anount of miles each year but at the end of the day, as with fuel, no matter how much it costs people NEED to use their cars and will continue to do so. Taxes like that actually hurts the less well off people a lot more than anyone else. Rich people can afford tax. I don't see why someone who drives a Merc AMG E55 should pay 160 a year tax and do 40K miles and I do 6K miles in a 1.6 pug and pay 165 tax to use the roads!

    i think the only way this system would be good is if they bring down fuel tax - that would help me a lot as short journeys kill my fuel economy and 80% of the money i put in my tank is petrol! *****ing stupid!

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    I love this part:
    Quote Originally Posted by dumbass govt bureacrat
    It is only the technology which is being tested, it is not Government policy to introduce road-user charging. It is purely a technical trial to see what the options are.
    Translation: I'm either lying by saying we have no intention of implementing it, or we are throwing away hundreds of thousands of taxpayer pounds by testing technology we have no intention of implementing.

    Seriously, if you arent going to introduce "road charging" then why are you looking at options?


    The third system uses microwave technology to produce a similar effect, so every vehicle on the road could be identified and charged appropriately.
    So, with this system every vehicle will have a unique transponder eh? Al Qeada and the IRA are gonna love that ****. Why? How long do you think it would take geeks to figure out how to sniff out a transponder code?

    Roadside bomb + transponder code = easy way to kill someone you dont like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardPC
    Roadside bomb + transponder code = easy way to kill someone you dont like.
    yeah like the dick head who introduced the system!!!

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    I would just like to state for the record to all the FBI, CIA, MI-5/6, Mossad, and Homeland Security personnel now reading this thread (thanks to Echelon and the Patriot act) that I DO NOT ADVOCATE violence to further a political agenda.








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    Did anyone happen to notice a few weeks back that this was also being tested in Oregon and possible testing in California??
    Mind Scream out

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