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ref date:24 Oct 2001 (ENV)
Drivers will pay JUST to enter city centres

The City councils in Edinburgh, London, Bristol, Durham and others are planning to start charging motorists a flat fee to enter city centres during weekdays to try and reduce congestion and pollution.

This seems like a good idea at first glance but its irresponsible.

Its like charging a toll on a bridge. Many poorer people will not be able to pay, whereas the rich and subsidised businessman will pay. They will then get exclusive use of roads that EVERYONE has paid and is paying taxes for.

It would be easier perhaps to improve public transport and only charge if you stay over a set amount of time. This way people could do quick shopping, drop kids off at school or pick up drycleaning. Of course it may just make for worse rush hours.