Congestion charges & 400% parking fee hike, to reduce car usage.
By The Headlines, March 6, 2023 | 10:56 AM
Ryan is to present a memo to the Cabinet detailing a new strategy for reshaping the road space.
Tensions within the coalition are mounting as Ministers prepare to debate a plan for reducing private car usage at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
Eamon Ryan, Minister of the Green Party, is going to submit a memo to the Cabinet including an appendix outlining how and when to implement climate-related actions in accordance with the Government's climate agenda.
To address traffic congestion, the country is dedicated to developing a comprehensive demand-management strategy for the transport sector. This plan will outline effective ways to minimize traffic and maximize the efficient use of available roadways.
This plan emphasizes the importance of public transport, cycling and walking, in order to give citizens more options than just relying on cars for every journey. It is one of the Government's goals to improve transportation.
Various modelling works have been carried out to solve congestion issues, such as imposing congestion charges, creating pedestrian-friendly urban areas, reducing the cost of public transport, pricing up fuel and increasing car parking fees.
The Coalition has been facing some internal strain as they work to complete their strategic plan within a year, but this agreement is yet to be finalized.
Deputy Emer Higgins from Fine Gael noted that the NTA's new modelling suggests a €10 congestion charge for drivers and an astonishing 400% hike in parking fees.
The prices of petrol and diesel have been rising steadily, creating immense difficulties for drivers and businesses.
She highlighted that, when considering all the factors, increased charges and fuel prices will eventually lead to an increase in consumer prices due to the additional expenses incurred to transport goods into city centres.
It is clear that post-Covid, our city centres are still on the road to recovery. Therefore, any change in policies restricting motorists should come with capital investments that ensure they have access to reliable alternatives when they choose not to drive.
We should focus on strengthening public transport infrastructure and reducing reliance on private vehicles. This will help us in tackling our pollution problem.
Mr Ryan's Annex is set to focus more on certain, high-impact actions. Sources revealed that the chosen actions will have a substantial impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Taskforces are being established to tackle land use and ensure a just transition. Additionally, certain climate measures will be expedited.
We are dedicated to accelerating offshore wind energy production as part of our transition to renewable energy sources.
Ministers were informed that a pilot project for anaerobic digestion will be launched in order to have 200 such plants established nationwide by 2025. This is part of the initiative to provide greater economic opportunities for agriculturalists and rural Ireland.
A series of measures are required for reaching the transport sector’s climate targets, including a 400 per cent increase in parking charges on 2016 levels, a €10 daily charge for driving in cities, a halving of public transport fares, and a 20 kilometre per hour reduction on all national road speed limits.