Ministers’ ideas getting “ever more bizarre”

The Association of British Drivers (ABD) has accused government ministers of panicking following the public backlash against the prospect of road pricing and coming up with "bizarre" ideas to tackle the problem.

These latest comments follow a proposed zonal system, which the association described as "a tax on city living".

Under new proposals, charging zones would be divided up as concentric circles around city areas, with the more central segments charged a higher toll.

Nigel Humphries, spokesman for the ABD, described this prospect as "unrelated to the congestion of the road", as zones would always charge the same fee, irrespective of the traffic on their roads.

"Ministers have been so upset by the level of public resentment of road pricing, that they are now running around like headless chickens coming up with ever more bizarre ideas," Mr Humphries added.

Brian Gregory, chairman of the ABD, commented: "The government is still unable to grasp the simple fact that Britain’s drivers will not accept road pricing in any form."

The association argued that people and businesses will be driven away from cities and into the countryside if these proposals are pushed through – the opposite to what the government has been trying to achieve with its city living initiatives.

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