A proposal by Britain’s new transport secretary to install smart cards into all of the nation’s 24 million registered motor vehicles has touched a raw nerve with civil liberties group. Under the proposal, the smart cards, tracked by satellite, would be used to charge motorists fees based on the routes and the time of day they drive. The transport secretary says the plan would ease congestion, especially during peak periods, and would motivate more Brits to use public transportation, according to The Sunday Times. However civil liberties groups say the plan smacks of big brother and essentially creates a spy in every car. Britain currently has a plan to monitor 450,000 foreign lorries beginning in 2006, according to The RAM Report ([www.ramreport.com]).