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The technology proposed included both “tag and beacon” and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (APNR) for vehicles without tags. Where possible, vehicles would be fitted with a special tag which would be read automatically as the vehicle passed into and out of the charging zone.
Regular users would register to a franchised agent and payment would be debited as the car passed the active charging point.
The toll reader would be placed inside the car's windscreen and would have a slot for a smart card (much like London's Oyster card).
For occasional users, drivers would be able to pre-pay before passing active charging points.
The following information is an outline of the proposals for charges:
Charges would vary dependent on:
· Time of day; and
· Where the journey started and finished.
The following describes the various charges in outline:
1. Morning peak period inbound (between the hours of 0700 and 0930, Monday to Friday) - £2 (€2.40) to cross the outer ring (M60 orbital motorway) and £1 (€1.20) to cross the inner ring (Manchester city centre);
2. Evening peak period outbound (between the hours of 1600 and 1830, Monday to Friday) - £1 (€1.20) to cross the inner ring (Manchester city centre) and £1 (€1.20) to cross the outer ring (M60 orbital motorway);
3. Morning peak outbound (between the hours of 0700 and 0930, Monday to Friday) – no charge;
4. Evening peak inbound (between the hours of 1600 and 1830, Monday to Friday) - no charge;
5. Off-peak times - no charge;
6. Weekends and Public (Bank) Holidays - no charge; and
7. Travel within the inner ring or outer ring boundaries – no charge at any time, peak or off-peak.
For example, the estimates were that the cost to a commuter who wished to travel at peak times from outside the M60 (the outer ring or cordon) into Manchester city centre between 0700 and 0930 and return home between 1600 and 1830, would have been no more than £5 (€6) a day. Indeed this was the maximum any user would have paid regardless of the number of trips made. There was also a proposal to ‘cap’ charges for any user, e.g. delivery vehicles, who would cross the charging rings repeatedly during any given day.
Users of the system were to be asked to register before use and vehicles that did not pay the charge or have a valid tag would be captured by ANPR enforcement cameras.The registered vehicle owner would then be responsible for paying the charge, an administration fee and a fine. The fine was not determined.
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