The Telford man who started an anti-road charging petition on the Downing Street website has spoken of his amazement after more than 1.6 million people signed up.
Peter Roberts, aged 46, said the Government’s plans to charge motorists to drive would destroy people’s social lives. On the day the petition was due to close, Mr Roberts said: "It is quite amazing – we have more than 1.6 million signatures now."
Asking how road charging could affect everyday activities, he added: "At the end of the day if you are going to pay per mile you are not going to do these things.
"You are destroying people’s social lives because they are going to have to stay at home and not use the car."
Asked what the alternatives were, he said: "For a start we haven’t looked at free school buses, which used to be a part of British life and they have disappeared.
"Schools are getting further away from the housing estates that are being built, so free school buses would be a good start."
He added: "There are millions of things we haven’t tried yet and to put road pricing in at this stage is completely mad because it's so expensive."
Those opposed to charging motorists to drive on some roads at certain times have pointed to the high number of signatories as proof of the unpopularity of the scheme.
But others, including green groups, believe that the wording on the petition has not accurately represented the Government’s road pricing plans.