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The views of Chamber members have appeared on the 10 Downing Street website in response to the online petition against road-pricing.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), which represents over 100,000 member businesses from Chambers across the UK, was approached by the Government to publish the views of our members on the 10 Downing Street website.Chamber members from across the country recently contributed to ‘Waiting in line’, a national survey which found that 82 per cent of businesses describe the road network as essential to their business operations yet 84 per cent find that road congestion affects their business locally.

David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “The transport infrastructure in Britain is failing British business. Our roads are overly congested and our public transport system cannot cope. Congestion on our roads alone is costing business £17 billion a year and this is harming the UK's competitiveness. Increased capacity is sorely needed on Britain's roads yet of the £42 billion taken in taxes from all road users the Government spends just £1.6 billion a year on the construction of trunk roads and motorways.

“But its not just roads we need to see improved, our public transport system needs increased investment and improvement across the board if the Government is expecting more and more people to rely on it.

“Our members - small and medium sized business from across the UK - have had enough and want a transport system fit for the 21st century. It is because of this that businesses are now prepared to contemplate the principle of road pricing. A recent survey of our members found that 87 per cent are in favour of some form of road user charging.

“The caveat to this is that any money raised must be offset by a reduction in other forms of tax such as fuel duty and road tax and that it be ring fenced towards improving transport infrastructure. Business will expect to see clear and tangible benefits from what they are paying. To gain support any proposals on road pricing must not be just an extra tax but form part of a thorough, strategic plan on the future of transport in the UK.”

February 2007 - Peterborough UK Community Website




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