CENTRAL GOVERNMENT should do more to encourage local authorities to implement road pricing schemes to combat congestion, the ICE told a select committee of MPs last month.
The effect of growing congestion on the economy is so serious that central government needs to take the lead, ' ICE transport board member Howard Potter told the Commons transport select committee.
'A lot could and should be done to encourage local authorities to go along the congestion charging route, ' he said.
Potter and past transport board chairman Derek Turner were giving evidence on road pricing.
They urged the government to offer fi ancial incentives to authorities implementing local schemes.
'Central area parking charge premiums, park and ride regimes, congestion charging, tolled crossings and the M6 Toll have already been applied to infl nce demand. More applications like these should be encouraged, ' says the ICE's written evidence.
Potter said local authorities should install these measures and not wait until the implementation of a national scheme in around 2014.
'Innovative physical solutions should not be delayed waiting for a panacea, ' he said.