Second Road Traffic Reduction Bill

This article was published in 1998, in Newsletter 17.

We’ve reported on Road Traffic Reduction in the past. The 1997 Road Traffic Reduction Act placed a responsibility on local government to set local targets for reducing motor traffic.

The successor to the 1997 Act, the Road Traffic Reduction (UK Targets) Bill was debated in Parliament on 30th January, with Government support, and won a second reading. Unfortunately, in order to secure that support, the Bill’s promoters (Friends of the Earth, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru) had to remove the total (national) target of a 10% reduction. So the campaign for a national target goes on. In the meantime, we shall have to wait for the Integrated Transport Policy White Paper, due out in May.

Clare Macrae