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Banning Diesel, Petrol Cars In City Centre Would Kill High Street: Retailers

Plans to ban diesel and petrol vehicles from city centres have been met with cries for an alternative as industry bodies suggest such a move would kill the High Street.

Industry representatives have suggested that such a move would only push people off of the High Street.

'Picking The Wrong Target'

As reported by the Irish Independent, Bryan Rankin, head of public affairs at Retail Excellence, accused the Government of “picking on the wrong target”.

“Banning cars won't work. We don't live in Copenhagen. Evidence shows retail suffers if you ban private transport into the city,” Rankin said.

Rankin was joined in his pleas by Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin Town, a group of retailers, suggested that restricting the number of free parking for civil servants, which the state pays a lot of money for, would be “a better plan”.

Other retail groups bemoaned the cost of electric cars, suggesting that the Government should introduce major grants to make a change.

© 2019 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Aidan O’Sullivan. Click sign-up to subscribe to Checkout.

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