Motorists could be charged to drive in city centres under EU plans to meet emissions targets
By Paul Homewood
From the Telegraph:
Motorists could be charged for driving through British towns and cities and households could face a "bin tax" under EU plans to meet emissions targets.
The European Commission has issued a new set of guidelines for councils on how to which sets how to meet targets to reduce emissions by 20 per cent by 2020.
It said that councils should send a "clear economic signal to polluters" to reduce vehicle emissions and encourage recycling.
Environmentalists hope the charges will encourage people to compost Photo: ALAMY
The guide tells local authorities that it is important "to ensure that local or regional taxes or charges are consistent with wider objectives", but has been described as a series of "diktats" by Conservative MPs.
Eurosceptic MPs have argued these new proposals are another example of Britain’s "EU masters" attempting to by-pass the county’s own sovereign Parliament.
The guide states: "Specific examples of local charging schemes that both generate local revenues and serve wider public policy objectives include: congestion charging for private car use in urban centres; charging for commercial and domestic waste collection and disposal has the advantage of ensuring the sustainability of the service and sending out a clear economic signal to polluters."
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Andrew Bridgen, the Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, said: "The European Commission doesn’t do guidance, it does diktats.
"We should all be under no illusion that this is the direction of travel it wants us to go in.
"This is another example of our EU masters trying to by-pass our so-called sovereign Parliament by going directly to our local authorities with their edict."
And Martin Vickers, a Conservative MP who sits on the Transport Select Committee, added: "This is typical of the European Union and its ever increasing interference.
"Local authorities are the ones to decide whether or not to introduce congestion charging or bin taxes without the need for any guidance from Brussels."
As I’ve mentioned before, in order to hit decarbonisation targets the EU will need to achieve big reductions in CO2 emissions from the transport sector. As hopes for a mass switch to electric cars are becoming ever more vanishingly small, expect a war on private motorists.
Congestion charges may be one solution, but I think road pricing won’t be far behind.