Can you be green AND preserve privacy?

Nobody should challenge the green credentials of Wendy Grossman – but anybody who knows her net.wars column will, even so, be surprised to find her attacking car taxes. Here she goes!

Other countries have had road tolls for decades, but London’s mayor, formerly known as “Red Ken” Livingstone because of his extreme left-wing leanings, chose the most privacy-invasive way to do it. Proposals for nationwide road charging follow the same pattern, although the claim is that there will be safeguards against using the installed satellite tracking boxes to actually track motorists. Why on earth is this huge infrastructure remotely necessary? We already have per-mile road use charging. It’s called buying fuel.

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