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Road pricing proposals "flawed"

12 December 2008

Plans to bring a road pricing scheme to Manchester are "flawed", according to one expert.

Nigel Humphries, spokesperson for the Association of British Drivers, stated that the suggestion that car insurance holders should pay for using the roads is "disgraceful".

Car insurance customers already pay £45 billion a year in tax, he said.

"The whole concept of road pricing is desperately flawed and the only place it can really work is on a bridge like the Severn Bridge," Mr Humphries remarked.

He added that he hopes car insurance customers in Manchester have rejected the road pricing proposals in the city.

Results of the referendum on road pricing in Manchester are due to be released today.

The scheme would involve an inner and outer ring of congestion charging, with only those driving into the city during the morning rush hour and out of the city in the evening rush hour being affected.

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