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Begg backs workplace parking charges

INTEGRATED TRANSPORT Commission chairman David Begg last week urged the Government to bring in compulsory workplace parking charges across the UK in an attempt to cut down car use.

Congestion charging should also be widened to include motorways, he said.

In a speech to local authority chairs of transport in Manchester last week Begg also gave strong support for congestion charging, despite public uproar at the high cost of motoring.

'An awful lot of motorists are not paying nearly enough. We are the most car dominated country in Europe and we need congestion charging more than any country on the continent, ' he said.

But Begg also called for petrol prices to be slashed in rural areas. 'Petrol is more expensive in rural areas than it is in urban areas. We need to change that when the cost to the environment of urban motoring is 43p per kilometre compared with 8p for rural areas.'

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