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Last Updated: Friday, 15 April, 2005, 13:55 GMT 14:55 UK
London drivers 'split on charge'
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The congestion charge was supported by 45% of respondents
Almost half of London's drivers support the use of the congestion charge, a new survey suggests.

Forty-five per cent of motorists supported the charge, while 54% said they were against it.

The poll of 2,000 adults by YouGov for breakdown service Green Flag, asked drivers which issues worried them most.

It found reducing the number of uninsured drivers on the road was most important, followed by limiting drunk or drug-affected drivers.

'Heartening'

But while 45% welcomed congestion charging, 75% said speed cameras were simply a "revenue generating exercise".

Londoners were more likely to support congestion charging than drivers nationally (34%).

Green Flag's Melanie Denny said: "Many people in London seem to have accepted the charge now, certainly more so than in the rest of the country."

A third of respondents said they felt London roads were more dangerous now than they were five years ago.

Nine out of 10 of those surveyed believed fuel prices were too high, while 75% said the speed limit outside schools should be cut to 20mph.

Car magazine editor Jason Barlow said the survey showed Londoners were thinking of bigger issues.

"It is very heartening that drivers in London are showing more concern for the welfare of other road users and the broader social issues such as drink driving and people who get behind the wheel whilst uninsured," he said.




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