“A crackdown on motorists is an attack on the daily lives of the vast majority of people in England who rely on their cars to get to work or see family,” the Prime Minister said.
“The UK government will outline a long-term plan to support motorists by ending anti-car activity across the UK,” Rishi Sunak added in a statement.
In measures published on Friday, two days before the start of the Conservative Party’s annual congress, the administration pledged to “review the rules” which allow municipalities in England to limit speeds to 20 miles per hour (about 30 kilometers per hour). “Prevent its widespread use in inappropriate areas”.
Sunak also said he wants to prevent local authorities from using the “quarter-hour city” policy, an urbanization model that requires access to essential services within 15 minutes on foot or by bicycle, to reduce polluting modes of transport.
The announcement comes after the Welsh Government, led by Labor First Minister Mark Drakeford, reduced the maximum driving speed in some residential areas from 30 to 20 miles per hour, a move criticized by conservatives.
At the end of August, the capital’s mayor, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, extended the tax on the most polluting vehicles across the greater London metropolitan area to combat air pollution.
The move was seen as a key factor in the Labor candidate’s defeat to a conservative rival in this summer’s by-election in the west London constituency.
Supporters of the move within the Conservative Party — which polls predict will lose the next general election — called for a slowdown in the fight against climate change and environmental protection in the name of protecting the economy. .
Last week, Chung announced a watering down of climate policies, including a five-year postponement of a ban on new diesel and petrol cars, despite maintaining a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
The Conservative Party is meeting at its conference in Manchester on Sunday, and rumors of announcements such as a possible cut in inheritance tax, reform of secondary education exams and new anti-smoking legislation are rife in the newspapers.
The highly controversial decision, which has been criticized within the party, could cut the high-speed rail project between London and Manchester due to uncontrollable costs.
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