Drivers spend a total of £3,510.80 to cross the toll road to travel through the road 262 days per year, according to new analysis from leasing options. The money spent is the equivalent of two household gas and electricity bills or 49 tanks of petrol.

Charges will be even higher for owners of some heavier vehicles which could see costs spiral out of control.

Van owners are forced to pay over £22 to cross the M6 toll twice in one day which can see drivers paying over £100 each week.

The daily £22.40 charge over a whole 262 day period would see some van owners pay an extortionate £5,868.80 over the course of the year.

Mike Thompson, spokesperson for Leasing Options told Express.co.uk: “While some people have no other option to use these roads, it’s staggering the amount these toll charges can add up to when used on a daily basis.

“Our research shows that on average over the year a commuter could pay £1,264.15 on these roads- that’s 3.5% of the average UK salary, which is a big amount to fork out over the year.

“The convenience can be great for the occasional user, but we feel its a big cost to take for some people with little other choice”

Regular visitors to the M6 toll can also benefit from their new TAG electronic pre-paid system.

Road users simply apply for the tool and set this up at home. They then just drive through the TAG lanes without needing to find the correct change.

Drivers can also benefit from a five percent discount on each journey which could help reduce costs.

According to the RAC, toll road fees go towards roads maintenance and help fund extra construction work.

They warn that if a particular route incorporates a toll road there is “no option” to avoid a charge.

But they do say drivers can always check a route planner before setting off to see if any routes are available where a toll can be avoided.

However, trying to avoid a charge could see trips massively diverted which could add hours to journey times.

The Severn Bridge toll between Wales and England was scrapped at the end of 2018 in a bid to boost business and increase tourism.

Drivers have saved around £35,000 per day since the charge was scrapped which has boosted visitors to the nation.

The government has confirmed that journeys into Wales have increased by 16 percent with an extra 39,000 journeys made each day since the toll was abandoned.

source: express.co.uk

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