During the upcoming rail and subway strikes, tolls should be waived to ease the burden on drivers, the AA president said.
During the strikes on 21, 23 and 25 June, during the strikes on 21, 23 and 25 June, British rail lines will be closed by the rail, maritime and transport union (RMT) and Transport for London (TfL) has “strongly advised” people not to travel to London Underground June 21st. due to the 24 hour strike by RMT and Unite.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, AA president Edmund King said that parking fees, congestion and clean air zones, and unnecessary road work should be suspended for those dates to prevent some areas from becoming “ghost towns.”
He told the newspaper: “If, for example, there are no trains to Glasgow and Edinburgh at all, and people have to go about their business, there might be a case to suspend parking fees for the duration of the strike.
“Otherwise, there is a danger of turning some areas into ghost towns.
“Roads will only be used by people who absolutely need to get to work. More people will be working from home, and record fuel prices will still put some people off.
“These factors will partly reduce the additional congestion, but there will still be shifts and low-wage NHS workers for whom the only option is to travel by car and bike.”
Controversy erupted over wages, work, and conditions.
Transport Minister Grant Shapps on Thursday warned those embarking on a three-day strike that they “risk losing their jobs.”
He also said the government plans to pass a law allowing the use of agency workers on the railroads during the strike “if the strike goes on.”
He said: “These strikes are not only an attempt to derail reforms that are critical to the future of the network and are designed to cause damage at the most inopportune moment, they also represent an incredible act of self-mutilation on the part of the union leadership.”
He said the railroad is “struggling” as it competes with telecommuting and other modes of public and private transport.
“We are going to endanger the work of thousands of railway workers,” he said.
The threats made today by Grant Shapps to the livelihood of railroad workers and their right to strike are disgraceful and will make RMT members even more vehement in their determination to win this argument.RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch
“The last thing the railroad should do now.
“He’s repulsing his passengers and freight customers with long and destructive strikes.”
Mr Shapps denied that his comments about jobs were a “threat”, calling them “a statement of reality”.
He called on unions to “join us on this journey” to reform the network.
In response, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “The threats made today by Grant Shapps to rail workers’ livelihoods and their right to strike are disgraceful and will make RMT members even more vehement in their quest to win this dispute.
“Instead of playing to the public in his personal political ambitions, Mr. Shapps should act as a pragmatic transport minister who is willing to meet with the union and help us reach a negotiated settlement.”
Mr Shapps said the government has a “range of options” for responding to the strikes.
Using agency workers would be “much faster” than requiring a minimum service level, he said.
“People will be able to come where they have the appropriate level of skills, training and experience, and that depends on a simpler secondary legislation process,” he said.
“If the strike drags on…then transferable skills, sometimes called agency work, will also become available in that particular dispute.”
Mr Shapps said season ticket holders would be paid “full compensation on strike days” next week and he “has taken steps to help make the process automatic.”