The European Union has just released a report which recommends introducing car congestion surcharges for every town and city in the UK. The proposal is hidden among a whole raft of recommendations in a 76-page report compiled by the EU’s Committee of the Regions.
The report details how EU nations can slash their emissions levels by 20 per cent over the next five years. The handbook says a congestion charge imposed on motorists driving into urban centres would be a win-win for local councils.
The report’s authors claim the charge would have double benefits in that it would generate funds for public use and also send a message to motorists that they were polluting the environment. The tome is entitled Delivering on the Europe 2020 Strategy.
It contains a number of suggestions on how Europe can reduce emissions by a fifth compared to what they were in 1990. Opponents have already voiced their opposition to the surcharge recommendation. They say local authorities in cities like Birmingham and Nottingham have already introduced restrictions pertaining to larger commercial vehicles as they are seen as the biggest polluters.
One critic is MP Andrew Bridgen, the Tory representative for North West Leicestershire. He stated that it was a prime example of the EU bypassing the UK’s national government and trying to force local councils to comply with its rules. He warned that more edicts would surely follow if the UK voted against leaving the EU in June’s referendum.