Call for a car-free day in city

The Daily Telegraph

Tuesday 27 April 2004
CARS would be banned from the inner-city or motorists fined $100 under a car-free day being considered by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

The Pedestrian Council of Australia is lobbying Ms Moore and Premier Bob Carr to ban private vehicles from Sydney's streets on October 1 in conjunction with Walk to Work Day.

PCA chairman Harold Scruby said the concept was used by 780 cities worldwide.

“It's backed by the UN, London has it, Rome has it, Paris has it,” he said.

“If other cities can do it, then so can we.”

He has written to Mr Carr suggesting a $100 tariff on inner-city parks and a ban on on-street parking except for deliveries and taxi drivers.

“Unless we start trying other ideas there is no doubt we are going to have major problems in the City of Sydney within five years,” he said.

Ms Moore did not return The Daily Telegraph's calls.