Plans to introduce a national pay-as-you-drive road tax have been shelved, the Daily Mail reports.
The new Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said it was ‘not the time’ to introduce the scheme that would see drivers pay up to £1.50 a mile to use the road. The decision was no doubt influenced by the petition against it on the Downing Street website, which attracted more 1.7 million people to sign it.
The plan will not be included in the Labour manifesto in the run up to a General Election and will not be introduced in the next parliament if Labour is re- elected, Adonis confirmed.
Under the controversial scheme, cars would be tracked by satellite and charged for every mile they drive. The scheme was first suggested as a replacement to road tax, to incentivise motorists to drive less and cut emissions from private cars.