Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Petitioning the Prime Minister

Almost 58,000 sign petition against road pricing.

Since the No. 10 website started allowing online e-petitions it has been fascinating to see what we are all upset about and what topics motivate us most to hit the keyboard to express our dissatisfaction to Blair. Nobody yet knows whether the PM actually gets to see the contents of the site or whether or not he takes much notice of it. However, one must take the chance that someone will tell him that thousands of people are petitioning about something.

By far the largest petition currently running on the site asks the PM to scrap the planned vehicle tracking and road pricing policy. The Petition was posted by Peter Roberts who added:

"The idea of tracking every vehicle at all times is sinister and wrong. Road pricing is already here with the high level of taxation on fuel. The more you travel - the more tax you pay.

It will be an unfair tax on those who live apart from families and poorer people who will not be able to afford the high monthly costs."

Two weeks ago Sir Rod Eddington, the Government's transport adviser, gave his support to road pricing. He suggested that motorists could pay as much as 1.28 a mile to travel on the busiest roads at the height of the rush hour, a figure which could lead to some drivers face bills of up to 25 pounds a day to get to and from work.

So far nearly 58,000 people have signed the e-petition, it is running well ahead of the second placed petition to repeal the 2004 Hunting Act.

It will be interesting to see where the Prime Minister stands in the war against motorists!


The Daily Telegraph
10 Downing Street E-petitions.

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