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Anti-car rules scrapped

Conservative ministers introduced a series of pro-car measures yesterday and declared the end of Labour's alleged "war on motorists".

The Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Transport Secretary Philip Hammond scrapped rules forcing councils to impose higher parking charges, limit car spaces in new housing developments and obtain planning permission for recharging points for electric vehicles.

They said drivers would benefit from lower parking fees and more space, while streets would become less congested.

Labour accused the Coalition of trying to distract drivers from sharp rises in petrol prices caused by this month's rise in duty and VAT.

John Prescott, then Deputy Prime Minister, introduced the parking rules a decade ago as a way of promoting greener forms of transport such as walking, buses, trains and cycling.


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