An Eco Levy for driving: cut carbon and clean up toxic air
A pay-per-mile Eco Levy on driving plus free local buses and Swiss-style public transport frequencies would meet our obligation to tackle the climate impacts of cars
Transport is the UK’s biggest source of carbon emissions. And whereas emissions from other sectors of the economy are falling, transport carbon emissions are still going up. The government’s strategy of gradually switching from petrol and diesel to electric cars while allowing traffic to grow will not reduce carbon emissions fast enough to meet the Paris Climate Agreement. Even with a faster switch to electric cars (which is necessary), we will need to cut car mileage as well1 . We believe the fairest and most effective way to reduce car mileage is through a form of road pricing – a pay-per-mile Eco Levy on driving.
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