ROAD PRICING in Scotland moved closer this week after Scottish Roads Minister Sarah Boyack published a consultation paper seeking ideas on halting transport congestion.
Legislation is expected to follow next year. It is likely to allow highway authorities to introduce congestion charging for the first time in the UK.
It will also pave the way for taxing work place parking spaces.
Tackling congestion seeks responses by the end of September on a range of jam busting measures aimed at improving air quality and journey time reliability, while providing new public transport revenue streams.
Boyack stressed that local charging powers would be for local authorities rather than central government. 'The Government believes road charging has a crucial role to play in tackling the pressing problems posed by congestion and in generating the extra resources we need to improve our transport infrastructure,' she said.
'Tackling congestion is only the beginning of the consultation process. Each charging scheme, whether on local or trunk roads, will require separate and further consultation.'