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THE IDEA of heavy goods vehicles paying for using bypasses has won considerable public support.
An opinion poll carried out by MORI for the Adam Smith Institute showed 33 per cent of people willing to support the principle of heavy vehicles paying their share. A further 20 per cent thought hgv drivers should have to contribute.
The lnstutute published this week a study into private road finance and claimed that there was only a small hard core of the public strongly opposed to privately financed roads.
Most people said they would be willing to pay tolls, although they disliked the idea of automatic vehicle identification as a method of paying.
Public support for tolls suggested that privately financed by-passes around crowded and historic towns could have a good chance of success.