Government shrugs off MPs' attack on motorway charging

Warnings by the House of Commons Transport Committee about the potential adverse environmental effects of motorway charging have left the Government apparently undaunted in its determination to proceed with the scheme. It has rejected the idea that higher fuel duties could be an alternative source of funds for new roads - and has shown no sign of deviating from the "predict and provide" approach to road building recently criticised by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP).

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