this doesn't affect me, as I can't drive. but i just got this as a myspace bulletin:
"The government's proposal to introduce road pricing will mean you having to purchase a tracking device for your car and paying a monthly bill to use it.
The tracking device will cost about £200 on top of the cost-per-mile bill. A recent study by the BBC suggested that the lowest monthly bill could still be as much as £28 (for a rural florist), while a delivery driver might be billed as much as £194. A full time Mum who used her car to take the kids to school might pay £86 in one month.
On top of this massive increase in what is effectively a tax, you will be tracked. Somebody will know where you are at all times. They will also know how fast you have been going, so if you accidentally creep over a speed limit you can no longer rely on nobody noticing and you should expect an additional fine with your monthly bill. Authorities may also know where parking restrictions etc are located, and whether or not you're violating them.
If you care about our freedoms and want to help stop the constant bashing of the modern car driver, please sign the petition on No 10's new website:
Please pass this on to anyone who owns a car/motorcycle. It affects them too. And even those that don't drive imagine how much taxi fares will go up.
Additionally, I have just been on the No10 site and there are LESS THAN 470k people signed up to it. There are over 30 million vehicles and drivers in this country, so to represent just 10% of these people there will need to be 3 million signed up! This must happen before the closing date, which is as soon as 20/02/07."
what are your views?