What has Labour done in the past?
New Labour arrived in 1997 promising a permanent shift away from driving to public transport.
- Within days of coming to office it halted nearly all new road building in the UK.
- It brought in legislation to allow local government to introduce congestion charging and workplace parking charges, and encouraged schemes to cut urban road space for motorists.
- Labour famously turned a major section of the M4 in to London into a bus lane.
- It also pushed national road charging, which attracted millions of email dissenters on the Downing Street website.
- Speed cameras and fines increased hugely.
- Fuel tax was increased, accounting for as much as 81.5 per cent of the cost of a litre in 2000.
- Plans for urban road tolls were badly holed by the rejection at the ballot box of congestion charging schemes in Edinburgh and Greater Manchester.