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Councils Given Powers to Set Up Road-Pricing Pilots

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Given Powers to Set Up Road-Pricing Pilots

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Local authorities have been given approval by the government to press ahead with pilot schemes to introduce road charging.

A draft Local Transport Bill, published on May 22, focuses on giving powers to councils to address traffic problems with limited local schemes. Ten authorities, including Manchester, Birmingham and Tyne & Wear, have expressed interest in running pilots.

A Department for Transport spokesman said this did not mean the government was pressing ahead with a national road-charging scheme - the subject of sustained opposition on 10 Downing Street's website last year. 'No decision has been made on a national scheme. We have got to see the results of the pilot schemes,' he said.

But some critics accused the government of putting local authorities in the front line against vociferous opposition. …

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