Road toll confusion in transport ‘greenprint’ as UK ministers seek new way to make drivers pay

Ministers will unveil a new blueprint for “decarbonising” Britain’s transport system on Wednesday amid Whitehall wrangling over how to replace petrol tax after traditional cars and lorries are banned from the country’s roads.

Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, will pledge to ban diesel and petrol lorries from 2035 and the sale of new petrol cars from 2030 – while promising billions to encourage cycling.

It had been thought that the plans would also pave the way for a new system of road pricing to replace the £30 billion raised through petrol and diesel duties.

However, following debate in recent days between Whitehall departments, the blueprint is now expected to not include any specific plans for road pricing.