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Toll roads could replace treasury tax income lost from the EV revolution

Toll roads could replace treasury tax income lost from the EV revolution

As more and more people adopt electric vehicles, which are exempt from both fuel tax and car tax, the UK government is considering the introduction of toll roads on roads in towns and cities to replace the lost income.

Fuel tax currently generates 1.2 per cent of national income annually, but this could greatly reduce as we journey towards the government’s net zero target.  

Currently, the only major toll road in England which road users must pay to use is the M6 toll road in the West Midlands, which costs £7.10 and £12.90 for cars and HGVs respectively on weekdays. 

Toll roads are more common in Europe, with 25 per cent of traffic in France using them, largely because they are privately owned. 

A government spokesman told Sky News, "The government has previously committed to ensuring that motoring tax revenues keep pace with the changes brought about by the switch to electric vehicles, whilst keeping the transition affordable for consumers."

The Commons Transport Committee has suggested a fee based upon distance travelled, traffic levels and vehicle type as an alternative to more toll roads. 

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