The Introduction of Toll Roads at the Approaches to Glasgow

There are toll roads in France approaching most major of their major Cities. Can the City of Glasgow consider introducing such a charge?  Is there legislation in place which would allow the City Council to impose such a tax on visitors to Glasgow? 

This charge does not have to be prohibitive  - perhaps £1 a day for vehicle access to the entire area of Glasgow (say 60 square miles)

 

Why the contribution is important

This proposal would make sense for the City as a large proportion  / most / of the people who work in Glasgow tend to live outside its borders and spend their wages and Council taxes in other regions.

This would be ' new ' money for the Council.

This is not an outrageous proposal as France has used toll roads to to fund its Council Services for ten years now and France is recognised as a progressive democracy. The income generated by this toll allows the French Councils to lift the litter twice a day and hose the streets and pavements every morning. What a difference that would make to our City.

by Beckola on September 08, 2016 at 01:35PM

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  • Posted by Moneysaver September 27, 2016 at 11:26

    I am afraid you are victimising the poor motorists for going to work by these taxes.

    Motorists are already victims of false mileage and emissions scandals and you are punishing them even more with this dangerous idea which could cause more job losses as no one wants to road tolls.

    Your comparisons to France which this country is not make it totally unacceptable.

    Litter is not the fault of the Council but of poor parenting and you need to focus your attention on that.

    Do you have kids? Do you train them or let act carte blanche? There is a French word for you.
  • Posted by GCCBudgetConversationAdmin September 30, 2016 at 11:47

    Thank you for your contribution.

    The council is current examining a number of local taxes and levies that have been applied by cities elsewhere in the UK and across Europe and whether these could generate additional income which can be used to support vital services.

    However, local authorities have relatively few powers to implement such taxes and most would require a change in legislation by the Scottish Government.

    Charges applied elsewhere include tourist taxes, congestion charges and a levy on workplace parking.

    We would be interested to hear your views and opinions of any of these areas – or others you think would benefit Glasgow.
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