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Your views: Road charging plans
The government has pledged to listen to all views in the debate on UK road charging after more than a million people signed a petition against pay-as-you-drive proposals.

The petition calls for the scrapping of the road pricing policy which was first unveiled by former Transport Secretary Alistair Darling in 2005.

Mr Darling's successor, Douglas Alexander, has since suggested that road charging could be brought in within a decade and that regional trials are planned.

Here readers of the BBC News website respond to the debate.

David Lang, 52, IT worker, Glasgow

"I am totally opposed to this scheme. It is merely another Labour stealth tax being dressed up as environmentally friendly.

"We cannot get rid of our cars. I travel daily by train and this morning got one of the last seats on it.

"The passengers at the final four stations had to stand in the aisles and doorways or remain on the platform.

"This is typical of the service on this line.

"I don't see that this is something that is going to be of benefit to the motorist or the travelling public.

"This is just a way of the government getting more tax from people.

"Until the government invests in public transport people cannot ditch their cars.

"If another 100 people got on my train it would be unsafe. It is impossible."

Julie Austen, 47, research administrator, Plymouth

"We are a low income family and my elderly parents live 250 miles away in London.

"To visit them would cost us a lot of money in petrol and then the road charges.

"If the charges were brought in, we would not be able to go and see them so often - maybe just a few times a year.

"It hits those with low incomes, because for those with a lot of money it would just be a small amount of extra money going out every month. But for us it would be a lot.

"Travelling by public transport would be even more expensive for us.

"If we were travelling with my two children to London it would be 60 return per person, and then the tube on top of that.

"It would be horrendous and travelling on the bus just takes hours.

"We normally drive to Europe on holiday too, so I suppose we would be paying for that as well."

Mark Wayt, 32, IT worker, West Lutton, Yorkshire Wolds

"Pay as you drive would be the death of the rural community because it would drive people to move away from their houses in the country and move into cities to cut down the cost of commuting.

"This will further increase the prices of houses in cities - which we've already seen happening.

"I drive 52 miles to work and home every day - so it would cost me around 250 a week under the government plans just to work.

"It will force me to have to move.

"There is no public transport that comes near my house. The nearest is eight miles away.

"It would take me until 10.00 GMT to get to work, and I start at 08.00 GMT.

"But, there aren't enough people in my valley to make it worth while for a bus company to start running services.

"So we have to use our cars to get anywhere."

Alina Fryer, 47, medical secretary, Nottingham

"My husband and I work flat out and this is just another method of taking more money off us.

"And we know the road tax we pay now is not spent on public transport or the roads.

"The only way around it is to allow fewer people into the country. We have effectively open borders.

"We pay all the taxes that are going and both my husband and I are on fixed incomes with below inflation rises.

"Our bills are increasing above inflation, so what are we meant to do?

"I cannot use public transport easily to get to work - I would have to walk and then take two buses.

"With children and elderly parents, this is just not possible."





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