The Road Pricing West Lothian Question
Motorists face a potential bill of more than £600 to fit a black box needed to make a full pay-as-you-drive road pricing system work, Whitehall documents have revealed.
A blueprint drawn up by the Department for Transport showed it could cost £62 billion to set up and £8.6 billion a year to run...
Wonko points out.
Douglas Alexander was elected in the constituency of Paisley & Renfrewshire South, Scotland. Transport is devolved in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland so he has no say over transport policy in his own constituency.
Because transport is devolved, road pricing only applies to England and law compelling motorists to fit their cars with a spy box to track their every move will only apply to England. Not only will road pricing not happen in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland but the people who live there won't have to pay to use English roads!
Douglas Alexander can't lose. He is the architect of the most unpopular transport policy ever to come out of the Department for Transport yet his own constituents - the people who decide whether or not he keeps his job every 5 years - are completely unaffected by it.