Around #30bn more was collected in road taxes by the government than was actually spent on the road network last year, according to a new study, writes Gavin Hinks. Road Fact 2000, published by the British Road Federation as the Finance Bill continues its passage through parliament, claims #35bn was collected by the Treasury in fuel duty and vehicle tax discs in 1998-99. However, it says only #5bn was spent on roads. British Road Federation director Richard Diment said: ‘The gap between how much the government taxes road users and how much it reinvests back into the network continues to grow, as congestion gets worse and the condition of the network deteriorates. He added: ‘At the same time many of the external costs associated with road use are falling.’

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