RHA welcomes cancellation of Cambridge congestion charge

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Despite a good park & ride network, congestion is a problem for the historic university city, but the proposed congestion charge proved highly unpopular with motorists and vehicle operators. MARTIN CURTIS

The RHA has welcomed Cambridge City Council’s decision to scrap plans for a congestion charge in the city which could have meant a £50 daily charge for coaches and HGVs.

RHA Policy Lead for Environment & Vehicles Chris Ashley said: “This is welcome in light of cost-of-living challenges – and a rethink of the approach is needed. We all want better air quality and less congestion, and we must find ways which avoid causing financial problems for communities and businesses.

“We’re committed to working with public authorities to put in place workable solutions that clean up our environment. This should include greater investment in the infrastructure needed to power zero emission commercial vehicles and, from central Government, tax breaks such as a fuel duty rebate linked to emissions reduction.”

Last month the RHA urged policy makers to learn lessons from the London ULEZ and clean air zones and better support the transition to cleaner fuels. Chris said policies like ULEZ did not allow a second-hand market of affordable, compliant vehicles to develop. “We need to learn these lessons as we continue the journey to net zero. We must think differently – there are other ways to improve air quality. The rules must be attainable for everyone – we’ve got to make it easier for people and businesses to move away from fossil fuels,” he said.