Reading Council had looked into charging drivers for parking their vehicles at work to reduce the number of cars on the roads. The proposals would have also introduced a Clean Air Zone charging drivers of highly-polluting commercial vehicles for using the roads.
The scheme was bookmarked for 2026/27 but new analysis means the plans have been ditched.
A major sticking point came after analysis found almost 100 percent of vehicles would be below the threshold at the time of launch.
Under the original plans, Reading Council aimed to reduce concerns of ‘rat running’ in the town centre.
Statistics suggested one in three vehicles which used the roads in the town centre had no origin, destination or purpose in Reading.
However, plans to rip up the scheme have been met with opposition by councillors who were pushing for a charge.
Liberal Democrat councillor Ricky Duveen said the twin has an “issue” with air quality that needed to be addressed.
He said: “We have an issue with air quality in the town and I don’t think we can simply delay matters for another five years and essentially ignore the problem.
“Maybe ignore is a strong word but we’re not paying enough attention to it.”
Transport boss Tony Page said the council are committed to a “whole range of measures to deal with climate concerns.
He confirmed dealing with air quality was a “top concern” for the council which would be addressed.
The next Clean Air Zone to be introduced will be in London where the Ultra Low Emissions Zone is set to be expanded from October.
Author: Luke Chillingsworth
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