Secret LibDem plans for ‘Kingston Car Tax’ revealed

Secret plans for a new ‘Kingston Car Tax’ were revealed at a Council meeting on Tuesday 25th June 2019.  At the meeting, it emerged that both Emissions-based Parking Charges and Congestion Zones were under consideration by the LibDem-run Council.

Secret plans for a new ‘Kingston Car Tax’ were revealed at a Council meeting on Tuesday 25th June 2019.  At the meeting, it emerged that both Emissions-based Parking Charges and Congestion Zones were under consideration by the LibDem-run Council.

At the meeting, it was stated that the plans, which have not been consulted on, would see the introduction of increased parking charges for older cars. Kingston Council adopted a plan that will see the introduction of higher parking charges in council car parks and Pay & Display bays for those older vehicles that have higher emissions. This will punish those residents who can least afford a new or electric car. The full details of this change have been kept secret, but the proposal was recently revealed in the Air Quality Action Plan.

At the same Council meeting, Zain Abbas, LibDem Councillor for Canbury Ward, proposed introducing a new Congestion Charge to clobber motorists with yet more charges. Cllr Abbas said:  “People need to pay up or stop driving in.”

Cllr David Cunningham, Conservative spokesman for the Environment, said:   “The Lib Dems promised a Citizens’ Assembly to discuss air quality after their last disastrous attempt to impose CPZ ‘emission charges’ of up to £400. However, before arranging the Citizens’ Assembly or consulting residents, they are ploughing ahead with yet another new tax on residents. This latest scheme seems to have little to do with improving the environment and more to do with penalising hard pressed town centre businesses and shoppers.”

Cllr Kevin Davis, Leader of the Opposition said:   “Instead of consulting with residents to investigate ways to improve public transport and encourage fewer car trips, the LibDem-run Council are hell-bent on imposing yet more unfair money-making schemes on local residents. Many of the councillors who are trying to force the unfair taxes on residents are well off, have brand new cars and receive a free car park pass. We need better incentives, rather than creating new taxes for those who can least afford it.