The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has reacted to the Eddington Review with great disappointment. In a new survey of FSB members it was found that most businesses cannot change their travel patterns.
Therefore, road charging will not reduce congestion but will simply increase business costs and harm the economy. The UK ’s largest business organisation reminded policy- makers that 4.3 million small firms employ over 12 million people in Britain, contributing 50% of UK GDP.
Restrictions on their growth through road charging would be likely to reduce the tax take to the Government and cancel out any gains raised through road tolls.