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SMMT calls for new focus during UK’s G8 presidency

The Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders has urged the Government to turn to the motor industry during its presidency of G8 and the EU.

The industry is already working to address shared concerns over climate change and CO2 emissions from vehicle manufacturing and road transport. Now, the SMMT believes it should also be the starting point for an open debate on road pricing.

The SMMT said that the motor industry, Government and drivers are united in a desire to cut congestion, so it is essential that any future plans, including those for road pricing, should demonstrate a clear benefit to all and be subject to rigorous and open debate.

The SMMT also said it wanted to work with the Government to ensure a fair and workable system which is cost-neutral for the UK's motorists, hauliers and industry.

Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive, says: “Congestion is an unacceptable cost to business and the environment and something must be done to address it. The industry holds the key to technology solutions, so it makes sense for the SMMT and its members to engage with all stakeholders, and act as a canvass for a thorough and candid discussion on road charging.”

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