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UKIP to join Tyne Tunnel road toll campaigners
12:00am Monday 18th March 2013 in News
A CAMPAIGN against road tolls is coming the North-East today.
UKIP spokesman Richard Elvin will join campaigners against the tolls on the Tyne Tunnel as part of a national campaign being launched by the party.
UKIP has been opposed to road tolls for over a decade, with UKIP Leader Nigel Farage having lead protests against tolls on the Dartford Crossing in Kent since 2003.
Mr Elvin said: “Building and maintaining the roads is what we pay car tax for, and the tolls represent the worst form of double taxation.
"In the depths of a recession, the last thing we should be doing is penalising commuters and small businesses by imposing tolls which simply serve to drag money out of the local economy.
“If you have to use the tunnel to get to work every day and earn minimum wage, your weekly toll fees represent almost three hours of work."
Mr Elvin and campaigners will be unfurling banners above the A19 on the southern approach this morning during the morning rush hour to encourage drivers to sign up to the party's campaign via its dedicated website at www.scrapthetolls.co.uk
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