Motorists could be charged for using Britain's roads under plans reportedly being considered by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help boost the country's coffers.
The move is being considered to cover a tax shortfall of £40 billion which could be caused by the rise in popularity of electric cars, The Times reports.
The UK currently only has one major toll road – the M6 Toll in the West Midlands – and drivers also face levies when using certain tunnels and bridges.
According to the report, Mr Sunak is "very interested" in the concept of a national road pricing scheme which would steer motorists into a new "pay-as-you-drive" type system, but it is unclear exactly how the charges would be calculated.
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A similar type of scheme was dramatically shelved by Labour in 2007 amid uproar that drivers could be charged up to £1.50 a mile with a petition against the plans reaching 1.8 million signatures..
Currently motorists pay 57.95p in fuel duty for each litre of petrol and diesel they buy – a figure which has been frozen since March 2011.
This brings in £28 billion a year, or 1.3% of national income, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, while VAT on fuel and vehicle excise duty also raises money for the Treasury.
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It has recently been reported a proposed ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be accelerated to 2030 as part of efforts to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
A Treasury source told the Times: "The Treasury regularly explores lots of different policy options. This is no different."
Edmund King, president of the AA, said that while electric vehicles were good for the environment, they are less so for the Exchequer.
He said: "The Government can't afford to lose £40bn from fuel duty and car tax when the electric revolution arrives.
"It is always assumed that Road Pricing would be the solution but that has been raised every five years since 1964 and is still perceived by most as a 'poll tax on wheels'."
He said the country needed an "imaginative solution", highlighting a proposal he made in 2017 where drivers would be given an allowance of 3,000 miles per year – or more in rural areas – free of charge, and any mile over that would be subject to a fee.
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