Thousands back fight to Axe the Tax
TOLL INCREASE: Government wants to charge cars £1.50
PETITIONS and protest forms from more than 4,500 people opposing toll increases at the Dartford Crossing have been handed over to the Minister for Transport.
On Thursday, the day before public consultation ended, the KM Group’s Axe The Tax campaign package was presented to Dr Stephen Ladyman at the House of Commons.
More than 3,000 of the signatures were gathered as part of the KM Group’s campaign against the Government’s proposals to increase toll charges by up to 50 per cent.
The campaign was launched on November 2 last year in response to the Government’s announcement that it hoped to increase fees at the crossing to £1.50 per journey for cars.
The remaining names came from Dartford MP Dr Howard Stoate, who organised a sepa- rate petition demanding a 90 per cent discount for people living in the town.
Dr Ladyman admitted: “This is certainly one of the biggest responses I have seen to a local transport issue.
“But of course I am willing to listen to these views; that is why we set up the consultation.”
The minister also confirmed that his final decision on the increases was likely to come on April 2.
Opponents of the increase argue that drivers, especially those who need to use the crossing to get to work, are already overburdened by other motoring taxes, including high VAT on fuel.