Majority of motorists oppose road tolls, finds IAM research
That’s the finding of a new study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), which also found that 91% of motorists do not trust the Government to reinvest money made from tolls on new roads.
The study also found that 40% of motorists would back more expensive tax discs instead of charging tolls on roads. 41% wouldn’t support toll roads even if other types of tax were reduced.
Motorists were divided on using toll roads. 47% of motorists said they don’t plan their journey to deliberately avoid using toll roads, while 44% of motorists do.
Motorists feel strongly about toll roads in their local area. 56% of respondents said that they would use rural or local roads to avoid the toll charges, if a toll was enforced on their local motorway.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: ‘The cost of motoring is currently at an all-time high, and it’s clear that the idea of bringing in toll roads has no support among everyday motorists. A toll on motorways, our safest roads, may force motorists on to more dangerous rural roads, to save money.’
‘The Government has a very hard job ahead to convince drivers that tolls are the only way to deliver new roads and improve existing ones. Only by reducing other motoring taxes can this policy gain the support of the motorist.’