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Road pricing support drops


LOCAL AUTHORITY support for workplace and congestion charging schemes has plummeted over the last year, according to the latest ICE Transport survey, published this week.

As 25 local authorities started talks with the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions this week to agree a way forward for charging schemes, the damning report revealed that there were twice as many local authorities opposed to workplace charging as supporting them.

Of the 77 authorities that responded to the survey, 33% were opposed to a workplace parking levy. The majority opposing congestion charging has also grown by 18 points to 50%.

ICE Transport board chairman Derek Turner said: 'These findings must cause concern to anybody who wants the Government's integrated transport strategy to succeed.'

He urged the Government to bolster its plans for local authority charging schemes by bearing more risk. 'Considerable political risks like these should not all be borne by local authorities.'

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