Bikes should go free on Motorway toll road
The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) has called for exemption for motorbikes on the new M6 Toll Road.
The new road was officially opened on Tuesday December 9, 2003 and aims to alleviate congestion on the M6 motorway, by offering a 27-mile toll route between junction four, south of Birmingham, and junction 11, north of the city.
MCI’s Public Affairs director Craig Carey-Clinch said: " Riding a motorcycle reduces congestion and pollution and therefore should be encouraged. This is the only large scale toll road which insists on charging motorcyclists. Others, such as the Dartford Crossing and Severn Bridge, do not charge motorcyclists and even London’s congestion zone exempts bikers.
" Motorcycles make sense in any strategy to cut congestion and the operators of the M6 Toll Road should remove these charges now. "
The charges for motorcyclists are £2 between 6am-11pm and £1.50 from 11pm-6am. However, to celebrate the launch of the road, the first 10 million users get £1 off the toll fee.
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