Changes in car taxes are “concerning” and may discourage families from visiting town centers.
According to a local Blackpool councillor, rises in car taxes could deter families from visiting numerous UK cities and towns.
The impact of a new Clean Air Zone, according to Councillor Gary Coleman, will be a “tough balancing act.” He also expressed some concern about the potential of driving drivers away to other locations.
At a meeting of the tourism, economy, and communities inspection committee, Mr Coleman made the remarks.
“We need to do a really difficult balancing act,” he remarked.
“We don’t want people to assume that because Blackpool has this charge today, I’m not going to Blackpool.”
“I’m going to Morecambe, Skegness, or wherever it is,” she says.
“Overall, this is an outstanding report; it’s only one particular aspect that worries me.”
His remarks follow the announcement by the Blackpool Climate Assembly that a new Clean Air Zome car charge could be implemented soon.
They recommend that a pricing zone be implemented by the council by 2027 at the earliest.
This might mean that all cars that aren’t electric will have to be charged in order to use the city’s roadways.
Mr Coleman was not alone in expressing his displeasure with the proposed measures.
Any new tax levies, according to Scott Butterfield, Strategy Policy and Research Manager at the council, would have a “knock-on effect.”
Any Clean Air Zone tax, he said, would have “implications” that would need to be explored.
“As we’re at the beginning of the process, we’re starting to unpick the box and come to a logical conclusion,” he said.
“Is that the best use of our resources, considering the magnitude of the impact and the ripple effect it will have?”
“Or is there another way we can make a significant statement about this subject without going down that path?”
“It will be carefully considered, and there is where we must consider the implications.”
More bike and pedestrian lanes have also been requested by Blackpool’s Climate Assembly.
Other changes they advocate for include lower parking fees for electric vehicles and the addition of more charging stations.
They’ve also advocated for the conversion of the city’s bus fleets to all-electric vehicles.
By 2022, according to the Committee, public transportation should be the “dominant choice” for getting about the town center.