The Gateway Pundit reported on plans approved by the County Council in Oxfordshire, England to begin ‘trial’ climate restrictions using traffic filter permits to restrict the amount of driving area residents can do.
The new traffic reduction scheme called “traffic filters” to help reduce traffic congestion, enhance pedestrian safety, and help address climate change, according to Truth About Cars.
However, the idea includes dividing Oxford into six zones in which residents cannot drive to certain areas without the right documentation.
If this plan moves through, a barrier will separate the six zones of Oxford and limit the freedom of its residents. Seven days a week, 12 hours a day, between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm, or face a £70 ($85) fine. The target plan will be in the summer of 2023.
What are the traffic filters?
According to Oxfordshire’s government website, “When they are operating, private cars will not be allowed through the traffic filters without a permit. All other vehicles including buses, coaches, taxis, vans, mopeds, motorbikes and HGVs will be allowed at all times. Residents in Oxford and some areas just outside the city will be able to apply for a permit allowing them to drive through the traffic filters for up to 100 days per year. Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras will monitor the traffic filters.” Therefore, presuming you were able to get approved in the first place, driving your own car to and from work every day will guarantee that you will use more than the permitted allotment.
How traffic filters work?
“Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras will be installed to monitor vehicles going through the traffic filters. Traffic signs will identify the location of each traffic filter, including operational hours and vehicles that are exempt to travel through. Any vehicle that goes through the traffic filter and is not exempt, will be charged a penalty of £70.” As expected, many locals strongly disapprove of the plan.
Many people called this Orwellian traffic scheme a “climate lockdown” and likened it to the Berlin Wall and the COVID lockdown.
“Welcome to Oxfordshire Open Prison because this is what is being delivered,” one angry resident attended a council meeting. “I used to work for prison service, so I know how open prisons work.”
“These districts and these filters and gates and signs that are being forced on to the people of Oxfordshire without their democratic consent,” she continued.
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It’s not going well for Oxford county council. pic.twitter.com/vybbmUUWie— Mark (@markmaycot) December 9, 2022