July 5, 2005
UK drops HGV trial
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The cost of a HGV trial have turned out to be prohibitive. The estimated cost of about $3.5 billion made the UK government change their position on initiating HGV trials. The view now is that it is better to develop a charging concept that covers all vehicle types and all roads even though it will take at least 10 years before a national system can be up and running. UK Transport Secretary, Alistair Darling, announced plans to introduce, probably within the next 10 years, a national road pricing scheme which would replace the road tax licence and fuel taxes for a mileage charge for all journeys.

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