“There will be national road pricing. We have said that that will happen
around the middle of the next decade, although I shall not have a sweepstake on
exactly which year it will be. It might be a little later than that;
circumstances and the Government of the day will determine when it is. In no
discussion with any transport expert, academic or other person who has studied
traffic issues around the country have I heard any dispute that road pricing is
coming to the roads near us at some time in the future”. Hansard, 13 Dec 2006, Column 286WH.
However, today his tune seems to have changed in his webchat today. Could the road pricing petition have had some effect after all?
“This is a debate, no decisions have been made yet and there is time for
everyone to have their say”. Webchat, 22 February 2007