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Bottleneck Britain

Broadcast: Monday 12 November 2007 08:00 PM

Britain stands on the brink of gridlock. But when the Government proposed pay-as-you-drive motoring, the driving public revolted against it, dubbing it the Toll Tax.

Bottleneck Britain

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Britain stands on the brink of gridlock. But when the Government proposed pay-as-you-drive motoring, the driving public revolted against it, dubbing it the Toll Tax. This week, Dispatches will conduct its own experiment to find out if road pricing is indeed the answer to congestion.

Reporter Jason Barlow takes a road trip around the UK in a Dispatches car, to investigate why there is such opposition to pay-as-you-drive. He hears from drivers who feel they have been penalised by a myriad of parking and speeding regulations. But as reporter Jason gets stuck in one traffic jam too many, his sympathy for the motorist begins to wane.

Some suggest that the key problem behind solving the congestion problem is a lack of political will. In order to solve the congestion problem are the public are going to have to pay? Is our freedom to drive going to have to come at a price?

Dispatches Late Night & Live: Can we kick the car habit?

Dispatches Late Night & Live is a brand new series of live video debates which feature experts debating issues featured in Dispatches programmes.

Tonight motoring expert Quentin Wilson will go head to head with the Green Party candidate for Mayor and founder of the Alliance Against Urban 4x4s, Sian Berry, to discuss if Britain can ever kick the car habit.

Quentin believes the car is here to stay. He considers that the motorist should not foot the blame for their car usage because the government has launched a war on the car without any viable transport alternatives in place.

Sian thinks that there is a cultural lag in our society - we are concerned about the environment but we are still not willing to give up our cars and seek alternatives ourselves.

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