The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Call for trial of pay to drive scheme


A think tank has called for a trial of pay as you drive motoring and a universal basic income in a manifesto which it claimed could “do a great deal of good” if enacted by the next Scottish Government.

Reform Scotland produced the manifesto saying it wanted to publish a series of proposals that might “garner cross-party support”.

Chris Deerin, the think tank’s director, said such action was needed because while the Scottish Parliament had been intended to operate differentl­y from Westminste­r, things “hadn’t worked out like that”.

It called for electronic road pricing, where motorists would be charged according to the miles they covered.

The think tank also suggested a basic income scheme could provide a “long-term solution to many problems within our welfare system and could help to create the right long-term environmen­t as we rebuild our lives and our economy” after coronaviru­s.

Mr Deerin said each suggestion could improve the state of the nation “a little”, and together they could achieve a “great deal”.

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Think tank director Chris Deerin.

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