Southport Reporter Bourder
Your free online newspaper for Merseyside...  

Read our Tracking & Cookie Usage Policy

Email | Latest edition | Archive | Terms & Conditions

Business Index Search


 

Navigation

 

Latest Edition
 

Back to Archive


Please beware that this is an archived news page.


This page has been archived as a historical record only.

ALL OFFERS / DEALS ARE NO LONGER VALID WITH IN THIS NEWS PAGE

Some features and links on this page might no longer be functioning.
 



© 2000-2013

PCBT Photography

Southport Reporter® is the Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Trollope.

Get your Google PageRank

 
 
 
Southport Reporter®

Edition No.  207

Date:- 27 June 2005

 Let us know your views.....

Email us your stories and news!

Driver backlash against new government 'Pay-As-You-Go' policy

THE public has reacted negatively to the government's new "pay-as-you-drive" transport proposals. An overwhelming eight out of 10 drivers say they oppose the new proposal by transport secretary Alistair Darling, according to a survey by motor insurance quote finder www.motorinsurance.co.uk.

Of the 805 drivers questioned, 77% would rather stick with current road tax and fuel duties, believing it to be a fairer system as it directly relates to the amount of miles driven and engine capacity. 

Under Darling's proposed scheme, drivers are expected to pay a range of prices from 2p per mile to £1.34 a mile on the busiest roads, a pricing structure that the transport secretary himself admits will require a radical change from where we are now.

Per mile costs will be calculated using a black-box-style satellite system.  The survey respondents (7%) suggested this may encourage unscrupulous people to find ways of avoiding charges, by deliberately disabling its tracking technology. Moreover, a survey by Mori suggests 16% of drivers would actually refuse to have tracking devices fitted in their cars. 27% could be persuaded if it would help emergency services locate them after a crash. An additional 20% would gladly fit black boxes in their cars if they led to lower motor insurance premiums.

However, according to leading insurance broker A Quote, the insurance industry believes the new proposals could actually lead to increased insurance premiums. To reduce the amount they pay, many drivers are certain to drive out of rush hour periods. This will increase congestion in non-peak hours, and with more cars on the roads there will be more accidents and therefore more claims. 

Ironically, the other likely effect of Darling's road pricing will be to reduce traffic during rush hours in major towns and cities. With traffic travelling more freely and faster, this too will cause more accidents, and claims.

Although Alistair Darling believes only half a percent of traffic would pay the maximum price, the drivers surveyed were not convinced it would meet its aim of reducing road congestion. Only five per cent thought the government's proposal would reduce traffic and a mere 12 per cent believed it would work as part of an integrated transport policy, but would require heavy investment in public transport.

Andrew Dunkerley, Marketing Director of www.motorinsurance.co.uk, comments:- "The public isn't keen on the government's thinking on road pricing, as our new survey indicates. While we can't change government policy, we can lower the overall cost of motoring."

In Next Weeks, Jazz Festival Report and Lots Lots more...

IN next weeks edition, Jazz festival report and photographs.  Also Southport Carnival.  We also have some goodies to give away... So log on next week and see what we have to offer you.

Tune to you online radio station....    Liverpool Reporer....    Music 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year.

~HAPPY BIRTHDAY~

IF you have someone you want to say happy birthday to for free, then use this email address & send the names to us by emailing us to:- birthdays@southportreporter.com

All the news from all over Merseyside and then some.    The best read  on the net....   Southport Reporter....   Part of PCBT Photography.   Email us with your news and views today!   Its your newspaper, so use it.... Enjoy your visit to our site.

IF YOU HAVE  AN EVENT,  OR IF YOU HAVE ANY NEWS...  

Contact us via email:- news24@southportreporter.com

or telephone us on:- 

(44)  0 1704  513 569

UK office hours only, calls maybe recorded.

Click on to log on to your
www.LiverpoolReporter.com   Playing 24 hours a day!  Clik on me to play!
LOCAL online Radio Station... TODAY!

Go to Origins.net - Trace your Origins online

Click above to see more events for this month.
If you have an event you want us to list email us now!

Click on  to read OUR REPORTS this week

Click on to see and read more...

MAKE 2008 A HEALTHY DATE
Film Review:- "Batman Begins"
Green-fingered cowboys in hedge con over new height laws

Vue Film Showing Times.

Research reveals businesses throw £5.8bn into the waste paper bin every year
Pupils rise to the challenge
Letter to Editor:- "COME ON LADIES, RUN FOR RUNAWAYS"
Green World First for UK Aviation with Sustainable Aviation launch
Adult Accident & Emergency at Ormskirk to close from 25 July
People in shun sex for sleep!
Medalomania sweeps Liverpool with one month to go
Pupils from Christ the King Primary School in Wirral come close to victory in England Schools FA Cup
JULIAN CLARY ADDS A TOUCH OF FAIRY MAGIC TO CINDERELLA THIS CHRISTMAS!
DAVID DICKINSON OPENS SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW
Strokes could be predicted and prevented by new test
Investment in Northwest film and TV industry announced at exclusive showcase in London
Small business bosses shun new software releases
THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CHAMPIONS' BOOTS UP FOR GRABS IN CHARITY AUCTION
Celebrate the tradition of Warrington Walking Day
LIVERPOOL LAUNCHES NATIONAL FRIEND SHIP
Liverpool parents needn't splash the cash to entertain the kids
COASTGUARDS WARN PEOPLE TO STAY SAFE AND KEEP COOL THIS SUMMER AFTER HEAT WAVE PREDICTED
Rt Hon Jane Kennedy MP gets breathless for the British Lung Foundation
Fill your plate on 2008
Usdaw says retailers need to keep their cool
Merseyside Tourism Businesses are country's most environmentally friendly
YEAR OF THE VOLUNTEER 2005 CAMPAIGN TO RAISE A BILLION MINUTES (Liverpool's share is 39,000,000)
LOCAL SEA CADET SETTING SAIL FOR ROYAL NAVY'S NELSON CELEBRATIONS
ROOFTOP GENERATION TO GIVE POWER - AND CASH - TO THE PEOPLE
Charity calls for parents to stop or be stopped from smoking at home
You light up my life!
A 'FINE' WAY TO IMPROVE ATTENDANCE
Council launches cash card
Schools awarded official fair trade status
'Stop the Slaughter of Poor Children on our Roads' says End Child Poverty
LARA LEWINGTON PUTS HER TRAINERS ON FOR HELP THE AGED
FATAL RTC- BIRKDALE
Everton FC Ladies Womens Euro 2005
THE NORTH WEST AIR AMBULANCE'S SAFETY PLEA TO BIKERS
UK assumes Presidency of the EU and makes tackling serious and organised crime a key priority
Film Review:- "Mr and Mrs Smith"
Join the Southport Reporter mailing list
Email:

Southport Reporter® & Mersey Reporter™ is part of PCBT Photography

Southport Reporter is a Registered Trade Mark ® of Patrick Trollope.  Copyright © Patrick Trollope 2004.

Local News throughout the world.
Local News:- Throughout The World by southportreporter

[ Join Now | Ring Hub | Random ]    << Prev   Next >>  

For other web rings that we are on please click here.