Westminster under heavy criticism for ‘war on drivers’

14 November 2011

The government’s so called ‘war on drivers’ continues, as Westminster has become the latest council to get a telling off. The council is planning to scrap the free parking in bays and single yellow lines at off-peak hours and charge up to £4.80 per hour instead.

Speaking to the Evening Standard newspaper, shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry stated: "Westminster council needs to be confident that it can persuade a court, if challenged, that these charges are primarily in order to meet their transport aims rather than fill a black hole in the council's coffers."

And that’s a good point: is this just to gain extra money off the motorists or is it a genuine move? It’s a tricky one, but one thing is for sure, the motorists are not happy.

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