Imposing more road tolls on hard-pressed British drivers is not a sensible way for the European Union to proceed, UKIP’s Transport Spokesman Jill Seymour MEP has said.
“The people of the United Kingdom have been very decisive in rejecting road tolling, and road users charging, for many sensible and sound reasons,” she told the European Parliament in Brussels.
“Road charging is very expensive to introduce and administer, and more importantly it is intrusive into people’s individual journeys.”
Speaking at the EU’s Transport and Tourism committee, Jill reminded members that almost two million people signed a petition against road charging – one of the biggest the UK had ever seen – not that long ago.
“We also have a referendum in our cities, proposing congestion charging – proposals were heavily rejected by more than 75 per cent of the voters.
“Road charging is simply not acceptable to the hard-working people we represent. And to be frank, road users already pay to use the roads many times – through fuel-related taxation which is also a charge related to distance travelled.”
Jill described the EU’s latest road tolling proposals as ‘an attack to democracy’.
See the full video of Jill’s presentation to the European Parliament Transport Committee here: