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Ladyman hints at CO2 pay-as-you drive

Date: 07 June 2007

Stephen Ladyman

Transport minister Stephen Ladyman has hinted there could be a green element to any pay-as-you-drive national road pricing scheme, in an online webchat.

In response to a rambling question about road pricing and personal carbon emissions the minister said: "Engine and tyre technology, renewable fuels etc will be key parts of the strategy. If we go to a national road pricing system at some point in the future then it may well be possible to design it in a way that discourages emissions, but for the reasons I gave earlier it is important to focus on it as a congestion measure first and foremost.

"Personal carbon budgets have been proposed and I suspect such ideas will be very much part of the wider debate in years ahead - for our part we have been floating the idea that one day land transport might be included in an emissions trading scheme but it will take a lot of work to come up with a viable scheme."