Lorry tax would ease A14 congestion - Howarth

October 2, 2007 10:00 AM

Local MP, David Howarth, has called for a distance charge for lorries to help move freight off roads and on to rail.

The Cambridge MP is backing proposals to charge lorries per-mile traveled based on their weight and emissions. The charge is hoped to raise £600m per year to be spent on improving rail services and should reduce pressure on the A14.

David commented:

"A per-mile tax on lorries would seriously reduce the congestion on the dreaded A14. We need to persuade companies to send freight by rail not on our busy roads.

"The tax would also mean investment in better rail services for both passengers and freight. The Government failed to back a bid for European funding for the Felixstowe to Nuneaton rail scheme. This scheme is essential to provide a real alternative to the A14 for freight.

David Howarth MP in the House of Commons

David Howarth MP

A lorry tax would also benefit locally grown and produced produce as buying locally would be cheaper than transporting goods from across the country.

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