Contentious strategy to reduce private car use in cities to go to cabinet shortly

Among the proposals include increasing street parking charges and establishing low-emission zones in cities, this newspaper understands

It comes amid tension over the future of transport in Irish cities, with the minister for transport saying that proposals to heavily restrict the use of private cars in Dublin city centre will be in place by August. Picture: Photocall Ireland

A new demand management strategy to reduce car use is to go to cabinet shortly, with recommendations around higher parking charges in city centres, reallocating road space, removing parking spaces, and low-emissions zones.

The demand management strategy was instigated last year by Eamon Ryan, the minister for transport, in an effort to reduce car use in urban centres and help reach the country’s transport climate targets.

A cross-departmental steering group was established, and six working ...