British drivers are most concerned with widespread toll roads being introduced across the UK, according to new research from the Alliance of British Drivers (ABD).
The new Infrastructure Bill, which will receive final consideration by government next week, means drivers have something to be worried about as toll roads are put back on the political agenda.
Members of the ABD were asked what issue was of the greatest concern to them and road pricing was found to be a bigger problem than the poor condition of roads, speed limits and fuel prices.
Despite road tolls being rejected by the public, the Infrastructure Bill could pave the way for their implementation across the UK. The Bill will also see the Highways Agency transformed from a Government agency to a "strategic highways company", named Highways England. This company would have stringent financial targets and the power to implement tolls with the consent of the Secretary of State.
ABD Spokesman Nigel Humphries said: "The Government's much heralded £15bn road investment represents less then 4 months worth of motoring tax receipts. 'Motorway Man' was identified as the key swing voter of 2010, yet drivers still believe they are being treated as 'Cash Cows'.
"If the Government's intentions are genuine then it has one last opportunity to write binding safeguards against outsourcing and tolling into the Bill."
The Government has insisted that it will be increasing investment in England’s roads and has no plans to privatise them. However, the ABD claims that they have declined to put any safeguards in to the Bill, which could see large sections of road being outsourced to tolling companies after the next general election.
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