“Pay-as-you-drive” the future for Scottish roads

Road charging should be introduced across Scotland in place of fuel duty and tax discs, according to a think tank. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Road charging should be introduced across Scotland in place of fuel duty and tax discs, according to a think tank. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

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ROAD charging should be introduced across Scotland in place of fuel duty and the tax disc, a think tank said today.

Reform Scotland claimed its “pay-as-you-drive” scheme would be fairer and more efficient, with drivers charged according to how much they used the road system, but paying less for quieter roads and travelling outside rush hours.

Under the proposals, central government would fix prices for trunk roads, while councils would set local charges.

Reform Scotland director Geoff Mawdsley said: “It would reduce emissions because people will consider alternatives to the car.”

Controversial road toll plans for Edinburgh were rejected in a referendum in 2005.

But city transport convener Lesley Hinds said the Capital’s own parking charges already took into account the size of vehicles and how polluting they were.