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Government could learn from Richmond Council

26 January 2007
Campaign group Transport 2000 [1] has come out today in support of the efforts of Richmond upon Thames Council to discourage gas-guzzling vehicles. In advance of the expected decision on Monday to base resident parking permit costs on a vehicle’s carbon dioxide emissions [2], London Campaigner Richard Bourn said:

"As central government continues to talk tall and walk short on tackling climate change, it has been left to local government to lead the way and offer people real sustainable transport choices. Richmond upon Thames Council is setting the pace by increasing residents parking charges for gas guzzlers, and providing much-needed leadership in a time of international climate crisis."

Notes to editors:

[1] Transport 2000 is an independent campaigning and research body that represents the key transport interests of around 40 environmental groups, transport organisations and transport unions. We bring together people who seek to reduce the environmental and social effects of transport through encouraging less use of cars, lorries and planes and more use of rail, buses, trams, cycling and walking.

[2] The parking permit proposal is to go before Cabinet on Monday, 29 January for a final decision: http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home.htm. If passed, new rules are expected to be in place within three months.