Government to consider radical new strategies to reduce private car use

A memo from the Minister from Transport, which targets lower carbon emissions by introducing congestion charges and higher parking fees, among other measures, is likely to cause division among the coalition

Car reduction strategy: the plan of action will include a raft of measures, including proposed taxes and legislation, to be implemented over the next decade. Picture:

Congestion charges, higher car parking fees, the pedestrianisation of urban centres, cheaper public transport and fuel price increases will all be considered as part of a major new car reduction strategy.

Eamon Ryan, the Minister for Transport, will bring a memo to cabinet on Tuesday which will trigger a year-long process of developing a “demand management strategy” to allow the country to reach its emissions reductions targets.

The strategy will be completed by the end ...