Newport council in Southwest Wales has raised concerns about Welsh Government plans to start charging drivers for using the nation’s roads.
The South Wales Argus reports that the council fears making motorists pay to drive in the city could hit the worst-off residents hardest, and end up harming councils if there is more demand for their services, according to a new report.
The city council also believes a charging scheme could stifle economic growth in Newport.
The newspaper has seen papers which shows the council has reservations about a road-user charging scheme.
“Whilst these provide opportunities to influence travel behaviour and generate revenue to support more sustainable modes, it is vital that the risks of unintended consequences are understood and mitigated, in particular those from lower income households [or those] without access to a more sustainable alternative,” it quotes the council in its draft response to a government consultation on the plans.
“These cost pressures are exacerbated during the current cost of living crisis. It is also imperative that sustainable options are provided in advance of charging schemes to genuinely influence behaviour.”
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