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Drivers back road charging - poll

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Three in five people think road charging based on vehicle usage is fairer than the current fixed vehicle excise duty (VED) car tax system, a survey has found.

Some 60% of those asked said a system of road charging depending on car use would be fairer than the VED system, more than 50% reckoned such a road pricing scheme would make them use their vehicles less.

But 86% believe reducing car use is important or very important to fight climate change, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) found.

On top of that, 83% would be happy to reduce car usage if public transport was improved but a similar number believe the costs are currently high or very high, the poll of 3,000 people found.

The poll was published alongside ICE's report on transport, which called for political consensus on a 30-year national transport strategy.

ICE's transport board chairman Alan Stilwell said: "Currently, the marginal costs of individual car journeys are very low and what needs to be investigated is how we get to the stage where people are paying less for their car, but more for their journey."

© The Press Association 2008