If a British bureaucrat has his way, tomorrow's cars in that country would be equipped with black boxes that would be tracked by global positioning system satellite technology. Why? So the government could charge motorists for using busy roadways.
The proposal is by David Begg, chairman of Britain's Commission for Integrated Transport (cfit.gov.uk).
"We have reached the point where congestion is seriously blighting the lives of an increasing number of people," Begg said.
Begg's plan would charge drivers through billing similar to monthly bills from cell phone companies. Most road travel would be free. But crowded areas, particularly cities such as London, would carry a fee. A government spokesman says don't hold your breath.