Experts and environmentalists accuse the Scottish government of abandoning attempts to reduce the growing clouds of climate pollution spewed into the atmosphere by vehicle engines. Some decisions have been “perverse”, they say.
A report leaked to the Sunday Herald in September revealed that ministers were thinking of introducing a £300-a-year workplace parking charge, plus a 50% increase in street parking fees. A reduction in the speed limits from 70mph to 60mph, and a five-pence-per-kilometre road-pricing scheme, were also mooted.
But the suggestions prompted howls of rage from businesses and the car lobby, and as a result they have all now been quietly dropped. They were omitted from the latest version of the report published along with the budget earlier this month.