Motorists opposed to road tolls

Motorists opposed to road tolls

An overwhelming 91% of drivers say they don't trust the Government to use money from tolls to reinvest in new roads, a new poll by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) finds.

While 60% of drivers are opposed to toll roads, an even higher 79% say they would not be in favour of existing roads starting to charge tolls.

Instead of introducing tolls on roads, 40% of drivers say they would support more expensive tax discs. And even if other taxes were cut, 41% of motorists are opposed to toll roads.

Drivers are divided on the use of toll roads as 47% say they don't map out theirjourney planner to purposely avoid taking toll roads, but 44% of drivers do.

Drivers have strong opinions on toll roads in their area with 56% of those polled saying that if a toll was introduced on their nearby motorway, they would take rural or local roads to avoid the toll.

"The cost of motoring is currently at an all-time high, and it's clear that the idea of bringing in toll roads has no support among everyday motorists. A toll on motorways, our safest roads, may force motorists on to more dangerous rural roads, to save money," IAM chief executive Simon Best said.

Copyright Press Association 2013