The Dept for Transport has said that their decision on the 3 regional proposed c-charge experiments (Manchester, Bristol and Cambridge) will be deferred till after the local elections.
They clearly believe that any news on this before the election will have a direct impact on the chances of labour candidates for Council positions.
If you live in any of these regions I suggest you ask your council candidates what their position is on road charging and also ask them if they have grasped that the draft Transport Bill will take control of local roads away from local authorities and give it to unelected regional transport authorities.
In separate news the Salford Advertiser has learned that the Manchester c-charge is more likely to be £7.50 a day than the £5 that the councils say it will be. They have asked for this to be confirmed under the Freedom of Information Act but have been refused because the Councils say that "it is not in the public interest" to reveal whethernthis is true or not. Well, whose interest is it in to keep it secret?