UK Proposes Satellite-Monitored Trip Meter to Reduce Congestion

Program would charge drivers for every trip they take at scaling rate of 4.5 pence/mile in Central London to 1 pence per mile on rural roads.

Published: 26-Feb-2002

All cars will be fitted with a 'big brother' satellite tracking meter to charge drivers up to 45p a mile for every journey taken under radical plans to slash congestion on British roads.

The scheme, proposed by the Government's independent transport advisers, would see drivers handed monthly bills charging them for every single journey.

In a landmark report to be given to Ministers tomorrow, the Commission for Integrated Transport will recommend using existing Global Positioning System satellites to track vehicles via electronic 'black boxes' fixed to the dashboard of all vehicles.

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