The proposals, which would have seen drivers paying up to £1.30 a mile during the rush hour, will not now be included in the next Labour manifesto.
His decision represents a major volte face by the Government which had once regarded national road pricing as a flagship policy.
The plans had been put on hold following a public outcry which saw 1.8 million people sign a petition on the Downing Street website calling for the idea to be scrapped.
But Lord Adonis has gone further. “We definitely are not proceeding with national road user charging in the next Parliament,” he said.
“It will not be in the manifesto for the next election. This is not the time to be putting this before the British people.
“I don’t believe as Britain is coming out of recession and motorists are feeling under pressure, that this is the time to put road charging on the agenda.”
The anti road pricing petition, drafted by Peter Roberts, a Midlands businessman and backed by the Daily Telegraph, attracted more signatures than any other on the Downing Street website.
Labour’s readiness to drop the plans was welcomed by Mr Roberts. “It is great that the government has at last recognised road pricing is an unfair and unjust imposition on motorists, who already pay a fortune in taxes on their cars and petrol, and finally decided to scrap the idea.
“It is just unfortunate it has taken so many expensive national polls, surveys and campaigns before ministers actually listened to people instead of their corporate advisers. Ministers should now stop the ongoing technology trials for road pricing.
“Any further government expenditure on these fatally flawed schemes is a complete waste of taxpayers’ money”.
Despite ditching national road pricing, the Government is carrying on with a series of technology trials which could pave the way for local pricing schemes.
However Lord Adonis insisted that any council looking to charge motorists for driving would have to prove they had public support to do so.
Source: David Millward / Telegraph