The announcement by M6 toll operator Midland Expressway that goods vehicles are exempt from a planned price increase when using the road is good news for freight, according to the FTA. The weekday toll charge on the M6 will increase by 40p for cars from 7 August.

However the association also said that the wider principle of road charging needs an urgent review by Government.

“This is very welcome news for our members, as any increase in toll charges has a direct impact on their businesses,” said Malcolm Bingham, FTA head of road network management policy. “FTA wants to maintain dialogue with Midland Expressway to ensure an acceptable level of toll for freight operators is maintained, as this will make the route financially viable when the M6 is congested.

“However, it is vital that an alternative to the tolled route is always available and that route operators provide a minimum standard of service for the charge, including route availability in severe weather, effective breakdown assistance, minimum transit times and parking and rest facilities. Freight operators will expect value for money and compensation when the service falls short of promised standards.”

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