Opposition to a congestion ‘tax’

Opposition to a congestion ‘tax’

Opposition to a congestion ‘tax’

First published in News

SUGGESTIONS that a congestion charge should be considered for the city have been criticised by senior figures in Oxford City Council.

Oxfordshire County Council has said it could not rule out the measure as a way to fund large new transport schemes proposed in a consultation document on the Local Transport Plan.

But city council leader Bob Price called it “regressive taxation” that would be opposed by Town Hall.

He said: “There would be a negative impact on shopping and companies based in the city. A more effective way of controlling congestion is to make public transport services better and encourage people to cycle or walk.”

John Tanner, Oxford City Council executive board member for Cleaner Greener Oxford and transport, said the measure would price those on lower incomes out of the city.

He said: “A better solution would be, like Nottingham, to charge all employers who have more than 10 parking spaces about £1 a day. That would encourage them not to waste space on parking.”

The Local Transport Plan stage one consultation started on June 20 and will finish on August 1. Visit consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/LTP4

Our top stories:

Cyclists warned: Don't be dimwits

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

BIKE safety campaigners have warned that cyclists are risking their lives, after an Oxford Mail survey found more than half of them were riding without lights.

Football match in Banbury stopped after bottle was thrown towards the referee

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

5:18pm Saturday 25th October 2014

A FOOTBALL match was abandoned this afternoon after a bottle was thrown onto the pitch.

Extra hour tonight! Celebrate with top bands at unique Oxford gig

Oxford Mail:

1:40pm Saturday 25th October 2014

With an extra hour to enjoy - or recover with - tonight is the perfect night to celebrate one of Oxford's biggest nights of music

FOOTBALL: Rose wants to keep Oxford United climbing

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

Danny Rose is targeting a move into mid-table today as Oxford United visit Carlisle United in search of a third win in eight days.

Shhh... silent film is a reel hit with movie buffs

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

FILM buffs were given a taste of how movies used to be watched as they turned out for a silent screening in Witney.

Update: Oxford University student Isobel Priest is found safe and well

Oxford Mail:

8:49am Saturday 25th October 2014

Police have said the 21-year-old Oxford University student who was reported missing has been found safe and well.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:50am Thu 3 Jul 14

Quentin Walker says...

Hopefully, OCC will not realise how much cash can be made by dealing drugs...
Hopefully, OCC will not realise how much cash can be made by dealing drugs... Quentin Walker
  • Score: 0

11:48am Thu 3 Jul 14

Gunslinger says...

"OCC has said it could not rule out the measure as a way to fund large new transport schemes proposed in a consultation document on the Local Transport Plan"

So once again, like parking penalties, authorities are looking at these measures primarily as a revenue source rather than looking at what the actual impact might be.

Authorities cannot be trusted with additional income from fines and fees not to use it to paper over shortfalls in general budgets they should be spending on anyway.

In my opinion this should only be considered in relation to a specific major project (eg light rail scheme), and then only after a referendum - as happened in Manchester a few years ago.
"OCC has said it could not rule out the measure as a way to fund large new transport schemes proposed in a consultation document on the Local Transport Plan" So once again, like parking penalties, authorities are looking at these measures primarily as a revenue source rather than looking at what the actual impact might be. Authorities cannot be trusted with additional income from fines and fees not to use it to paper over shortfalls in general budgets they should be spending on anyway. In my opinion this should only be considered in relation to a specific major project (eg light rail scheme), and then only after a referendum - as happened in Manchester a few years ago. Gunslinger
  • Score: 4

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree