The request for funds to conduct a feasibility study on the electronic road pricing scheme has failed to receive the support of the Legco transport panel. The Government had planned to ask the Legco finance committee to approve $100 million for commissioning consultants to carry out the two-year detailed study on evolving and advanced technology for the scheme. However, at yesterday's Legco transport panel meeting, legislators questioned the need for the expensive study. Panel chairman Miriam Lau Kin-yee suggested the Government should seek a smaller amount for a preliminary study, then ask for further funding if a detailed study was needed. 'The range the proposed study will cover is too wide and we believe the Government should first look at questions such as which parts of Hong Kong could have electronic road pricing and whether it is cost effective to have such a scheme in Hong Kong,' she said. 'The Government should then look at the advanced technology at a later stage.' Secretary for Transport Haider Barma stressed the study was cost effective and in the long-term interest adding consultants were needed because the Government lacked the expertise.