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LPAC backs £5 charge in capital

LONDON'S TRAFFIC can be reduced by 15% over the next 10 years by increasing parking charges and introducing congestion charging, a report published by the London Planning Advisory Committee states this week.

Studies carried out by the planning body, which represents the 32 London boroughs, found that by applying the taxation, traffic can be reduced by 30% in central London, 25% in inner London and 10% in outer London by 2010.

LPAC's strategy assumes the introduction of congestion charging in the capital by 2003 - as recommended by the independent Review of Charging Options London (ROCOL) working group. LPAC supports a £5 charge into central London, rising to £7.50 by 2006. A central London workplace parking levy of £2,000 should also be in place by 2003, it says.

The report also recommends higher charges for long-stay parking and the extension of controlled parking zones into outer areas by 2001: 'Increasing charges for using the car is the only practical way of ensuring high levels of traffic reduction,' it states.

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