'Congestion charges, car bans and speed bumps should be introduced across the country in a bid to persuade more people to travel by foot, NHS watchdogs say.
Local authorities are being asked to introduce a slew of changes, in order to price motorists off the roads, and persuade more people to walk, cycle or use public transport.
The guidance from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says the needs of pedestrians and cyclists should be prioritised over drivers, whenever roads are being planned or upgraded.
Last night the plans provoked fury from motorists’ associations, who urged the watchdog to “take a reality check” before heaping extra costs and penalties on drivers.
They said many felt increasingly reliant on their cars because public transport was deteriorating.
Nice said the aim of the draft proposals is to “get people to be more active in their day-to-day lives” by encouraging safe, convenient, active travel that is accessible for everyone”.
As a result, councils and transport planners will be instructed to put the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and those using public transport ahead of those using cars, motorbikes and mopeds.
The guidance suggests redesigning roads - so more space is given to walkers and cycle lanes, as well as banning cars from some areas, introducing charges for drivers, and traffic-calming schemes.'
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