The Government aims to make a decision on the future of road pricing within the next two years and may set up a pilot scheme in five or six years' time.
Transport secretary Alistair Darling told the Social Market Foundation today that a national scheme could be in operation by 2015. But a politicial consensus is needed because transport planning is "by its very nature long term".
"We need that consensus because moving to road pricing - charging on the basis of distance travelled varied according to how congested a road is - would be a radical change from where we are now," he said, adding that planning and delivery would "span several Parliaments".
But consensus amongst politicians...