Es­tab­lish park and rides be­fore zone

Bath Chronicle - - OPINION -

We have only one month to have our say on the clean air zone, then less than one month for BANES to lis­ten or ig­nore our com­ments. Cer­tainly not enough time for such an im­por­tant and for­ever plan to be de­cided. That this is even be­ing con­sid­ered be­fore es­tab­lish­ing park and ride at Bath­eas­ton, and say Claver­ton is ap­palling. The ex­ist­ing park and rides at Odd Down, New­bridge, Lans­down, are proven ways to re­duce traf­fic and there­fore pol­lu­tion in and out of Bath. It is ou­tra­geous that mo­torists like me who were en­cour­aged by Gor­don Brown and those tax poli­cies to buy diesel ve­hi­cles in good faith, should now be pun­ished for do­ing so, and the sub­se­quent coali­tion did noth­ing to cor­rect it. To charge diesel ve­hi­cles as re­cent as pre 2015 is ruth­less. The pro­posed charg­ing zone is too large. It would make it im­pos­si­ble to travel north/south and west/ east with­out go­ing through the charg­ing zone. BANES are clearly there­fore per­ceived to be treat­ing this as a money-mak­ing ex­er­cise. The ba­sic pre­miss of charg­ing/ pun­ish­ing such ve­hi­cles as cu­ra­tive, is false. Charg­ing ve­hi­cles who have to go through the zone be­cause there is no al­ter­na­tive route, to go from A to B, does not stop/re­duce pol­lu­tion. Con­clu­sion: The scheme as it stands should be shelved. Es­tab­lish park and rides at Bathamp­ton and Claver­ton, then re­view the need for a clean air zone. Dr Paul Veale Bath

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