Council unveils plans to lobby government to increase cost of petrol

The proposal put forward by Glasgow City Council has been branded 'disgraceful' by a Tory councillor. 

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Glasgow climate bosses are set to push Westminster to increase the cost of petrol and diesel in the UK in a bid to encourage people to ditch their cars for greener transport.

The proposal to lobby governments to increase the cost of using cars has been branded “disgraceful” by a councillor. 

It is contained in the council’s transport strategy policy framework, due to be signed off next month.

Speaking at a meeting on Tuesday where it was discussed, Conservative councillor Kyle Thornton said: “Pushing to increase fuel prices at a time when family budgets are under pressure is disgraceful and shows how out of touch the council really is.

“Part of this transport strategy – which includes a car park tax, road use charges as well as calls for increasing fuel prices are nothing more than an attack on ordinary working families.”

Criticising rival party politicians who backed the proposals, he said: “They are out of touch with ordinary families and don’t understand that for many running a car is not a choice but it is a necessity.”

The reference to fuel prices was just one small part of 100 policies in the huge transport strategy document.

It said: “Lobby the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland and UK Government to consider and implement ways to increase the cost of using cars in the UK (such as through the price of fuel or vehicle duty). 

“This is important to support local authorities in their efforts to achieve a reduction in car vehicle kilometres in particular and supporting modal shift, in reducing vehicle emissions and the impacts of vehicles in communities generally.”

Councillor Thornton lodged an amendment calling for changes to the transport strategy at the environment, sustainability and carbon reduction city policy committee on Tuesday. 

His amendment was not supported by other politicians.

Labour councillor Eva Murray called for the paper on the transport strategy to be continued as further information was needed. Her amendment was also rejected.

SNP and Green councillors supported the motion, which was approved, referring the paper to the city administration next month for final sign off.

The transport strategy contains major projects for transforming how people will get around the city.

It aims to support more people to travel by public transport, encourage additional residents to make journeys on foot and bicycle and develop more affordable sustainable transport choices.

Plans include improving bus travel.

The council is also looking at introducing charges for workplace parking in the city, with cash raised going towards boosting sustainable transport.

Residents could also face parking charges in their neighbourhoods based on the level of emissions from their cars.

Councillor Anna Richardson said: “This strategy sets out a policy direction that supports tackling inequality alongside climate action; that embeds accessibility and fairness for everyone; that acknowledges the significant shift we must make away from private car use if we are all to flourish. 

“We are committed to reducing car vehicle kilometres by at least 30% by 2030.”

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