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Government to help local authorities with road fee plans

A FAST-track scheme to help authorities prepare to implement road user and workplace car parking charging has been launched by the Government. Transport minister Dr John Reid made the announcement as he revealed the latest moves towards launching trial schemes throughout the country.

It comes as the Government Officer for London announces that consultant Halcrow Fox will be looking at how these charges might work in the capital. The study will create a working group to put together information for a new mayor, whose position is being created in the Greater London Authority Bill.

At the same time, six to eight authorities will be chosen nationally to work with the Government to develop pilot schemes, which can only be launched once legislation has been passed. Tolling schemes such as one in Leicester were carried out without the need for legislation because no money changed hands. New schemes would involve motorists actually being charged, which needs to be approved through Parliamentary legislation.

Reid said: 'I am determined that all local authorities that want to improve local transport and benefit from the revenue they can raise from charges will get every assistance to hit the ground running as soon as legislation allows.' This autumn, the Government will begin working with local authorities to prepare for trials being given the go-ahead by Parliament.

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