The Association of British Drivers (ABD) has welcomed the people of Manchester’s rejection of plans to introduce road pricing in the city.
A referendum found that 79 per cent of Mancunians are opposed to the government’s proposed method of reducing congestion. All ten Greater Manchester boroughs gave a thumbs-down to the concept.
This is despite the fact that, according to The Times, only one in ten people in the area would have been affected by road pricing.
The ABD’s Nigel Humphries thinks that the people of Manchester "have seen through the great government transport bribe".
He said: "Surely this means the government must now abandon its back door plans to tax, track and inconvenience drivers with road tolls?"
"The government must cease its determined campaign to charge us to drive on roads we have already paid for many times over."
The charge would have been introduced in five years’ time and the government had promised to create 10,000 jobs relating to improved transport links if a yes vote in the referendum had been achieved.
Written by Roxy Moran