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Voting Labour in local elections will lead to congestion charges in Wales say Conservatives

22 Apr 2022 3 minutes Read
Cardiff traffic picture by Jeremy Segrott. (CC BY 2.0). Right, Natasha Asghar MS.

The Welsh Conservatives have said that voting for Labour in the local elections next month will lead to the introduction of congestion charges for drivers in Wales.

A Welsh Conservative motion recently put before Cardiff Council saw Labour refuse to vote against introducing a congestion charge in the capital city.

The Tories said that a charge of £2 or £3 a day levied on anyone driving into Cardiff, excluding residents would rightly be considered to be a tax on those from neighbouring Valley regions who commute to Cardiff for work or for access to public and commercial services.

Commenting, Welsh Conservative and Shadow Transport Minister Natasha Asghar MS said: “People should be aware the Labour that trigger-happy when it comes to deploying taxes without any idea or concern about how it will affect areas that implement them.

“In the Labour Government – alongside their chums in Plaid Cymru – we see people who want an economically illiterate tourism tax that punishes hard-working rural communities, and now we see Labour councils determined to hike the bills of commuters.

“I welcome schemes that improve public transport conditions and provisions, but I do not understand Labour’s compulsion to demonise drivers when it remains the best choice for them.”

‘Drive away’

A congestion charge would require the go-head of the Welsh Government to implement.

Vaughan Gething, Economy Minister confirmed in a letter to Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies that before a local charging scheme can proceed, it would be necessary for detailed regulations to be made by the Welsh Ministers under the Transport Act.

“This would include an assessment of impacts and unintended consequences, including impact on businesses. In addition, Cardiff Council would need to undertake consultation, including with businesses, on the introduction of any Road User Charging scheme,” he said.

The Welsh Conservatives warned that Labour’s “implicit threat” to impose a levy in Cardiff could mean the scheme happening elsewhere Labour are victorious, adding that the “dreaded tourism tax” was another sign that Labour were happy to raise taxes.

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies – Member of the Senedd for South Wales Central – said: “A congestion charge in Cardiff would harm those who have to commute into the city. It would also drive away those who visit the city and who put money into the local economy.

“People across Wales and the world are feeling the global cost of living pressures. Welsh Conservative councils will allow people to keep more money in their pockets by keeping council tax low and by ruling out ever introducing congestion charges.”


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Cynan
Cynan
25 days ago

Sounds like the idiotic kind of thing they would say

Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas
25 days ago

Whether she’s against I’m for!

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
25 days ago

We only have to turn on the news or listen to the radio to learn that the tories are tying themselves in knots trying to defend a proven liar, a small amount of time doing some very basic research will show that since brexit, the tories have lied and thrown just about everyone under a bus, 15 tax rises, industry ending deals being made with Australia and New Zealand, cost of living going through the roof, forcing nuclear power stations on Wales, saying one thing about climate change while doing absolutely nothing to help slow down climate change. Let’s not… Read more »

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
25 days ago

These tories just seem to open their mouths and let words fall out, nothing they say makes sense, it’s just noise.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
25 days ago

It not for me to defend Labour being a Welsh Nationalist , but what I will do is point out Conservative hypocrisy.

Party hopping Natasha Asghar and her Welsh Tory antagonists omit how their Chancellor fishy Rishy Sunak put up taxation 15 times, meaning millions facing the prospect of spiralling energy costs., debt and dependency on foodbanks.

Last edited 25 days ago by Y Cymro
The Original Mark
The Original Mark
25 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

I did point this out, but for some reason my comment has been deleted?

Gareth
Gareth
25 days ago

Another graduate of the Simon Hart school of talking bull s**t. Graduated with A*.

Erisian
Erisian
25 days ago

Even assuming that were true, voting Conservative would certainly lead to even greater costs for everyone below the 40% tax threshold and a further general decline in fairness, community and happiness.

hdavies15
hdavies15
24 days ago

The only faint point of agreement I have with her is that the congestion charge would be a gross unfairness while we have the current sloppy hit or miss transport system in place. Smarten up the public transport options so that reliable, regular services flow into and across the city and then it becomes a credible policy which could issue low or no cost passes to delivery vehicles, disability transports, and other services but charge for personal cars and other non qualifiers. To link this to a suggested tourism levy is nonsense and demonstrates that the dame is clutching at… Read more »

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