Vancouver City Council has passed measures to put the brakes on future ‘roads’ tax” In the city.
Tuesday’s vote broke down in line with party line, with six new ABC Vancouver lawmakers voting in support and three opposition lawmakers abstaining. Mayor Ken Sim, who is in Qatar for the World Cup, was absent.
of Prohibition of road tax was a key promise of the ABC campaign in the October elections.
ABC Vancouver hyped it up by claiming that then-Mayor Kennedy Stewart had promised to introduce road pricing ranging from $5 to $30 per trip to the city’s downtown core. did.
motion on tuesday Instruct staff to cease all work on road pricing “whether planned or by any other technical definition or name” unless part of a regional initiative.
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During the campaign, Stewart refuted the road tax allegations as “misleading”, denied he supported the idea, and said the city does not have the authority to enforce road pricing on its own. pointed out.
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Vancouver City Council members voted in November 2020 to ask staff to conduct a long-term study of the idea of road pricing in the downtown core as part of the Climate Emergency Action Plan, but no formal proposal has been drafted. I did.
In June 2021, the city submitted contract tenders for a third-party feasibility study on city-centre “road tolls” based on various factors such as vehicle type, time of day and traffic congestion.
The idea of road pricing in the Lower Mainlands to reduce congestion and carbon footprint was never put to the vote, but has been debated at the local level for many years.
In 2018, the independent community-focused Mobility Pricing Commission found that charging road tolls was the most effective tool to reduce congestion in communities and could raise up to $25 million in transportation funding annually. In conclusion, the “downtown cordon” is such a scheme.
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