Urban Road User Charging Online Knowledge Base
The following objectives were identified in Edinburgh’s Local Transport Strategy:
- to make it easier to live without the car, or use the car less;
- to reduce the amount of car use;
- to encourage and facilitate walking, cycling and public transport use;
- to reduce the adverse impacts of travel including road accidents and environmental damage, particularly for those worst affected by these impacts;
- to enhance streets as ‘civic spaces’, where priority is given to people rather than cars;
- to improve the ability of people with low incomes or mobility impairments to use the transport system, especially by public transport, as pedestrians or by bicycle;
- to maintain the road network, and any other facilities for the movement of pedestrians, cyclists and bus users, to a standard suitable for safe and comfortable movement.
For the Integrated Transport Initiative (preferred strategy) the key objectives were defined:
- To reduce congestion in and around Edinburgh
- To achieve significant progress towards the LTS and RTS objectives and targets
And for the charging scheme specifically:
- To reduce congestion directly;
- To fund projects necessary to achieve the objectives of the LTS and RTS that are not fundable from existing sources;
- To distribute the benefits from the charging scheme fairly in respect of people paying the charge.