UKIP today held its latest national day of action against Britain’s toll roads, describing them as ‘highway robbery’. Party activists delivered the message by unfurling huge banners at a series of ‘Scrap The Tolls’ demonstrations on road toll sites across the UK. Shropshire and Staffordshire UKIP members congregated at the Mill Lane Bridge, over the M6 Toll at Cheslyn Hay in the West Midlands.
UKIP Transport spokesman, Jill Seymour MEP, said drivers were already paying more than enough in taxes to deserve free access to the entire UK transport network.
Mrs Seymour, who is fighting The Wrekin seat at the general election, said: “Charging to use our busiest motorways or trunk roads is adding insult to injury to the already over-burdened British driver.
“UKIP is opposed to this highway robbery. We want to block the introduction of any new toll roads, and work towards removing existing tolls from publicly owned roads.
“The taxes we already pay as road users should be more than enough to afford the best road network in the world.
“Putting road tolls on top of the fuel tax, excise duty and VAT which we already pay is simply wrong.”
“The government has to realise that motorists are not just a cash-cow to finance other grandiose schemes, like the white elephant HS2 rail project.”
Four UKIP prospective parliamentary candidates were at the M6 Toll protest, including Andrew Illsley, who is fighting the Stone seat.
He said: “The response we received was once again excellent. We got lots of support from drivers, who were enthusiastically honking their horns to back our campaign.”