Although Edinburgh will be handed the power to bring in a levy, the council has quite rightly given a commitment to embark upon a consultation exercise before considering such a move.
The Labour Group leader in the city council, Cammy Day, said: “It’s not about targeting motorists, it’s about creating a more sustainable Edinburgh. This is one of the tools we should be looking at and I hope conference will accept that.” Some hope.
However, Labour’s rejection of such a scheme is unlikely to have much impact on the future policy of the city council given that they are a minority partner in the coalition and are unlikely to make the issue a deal breaker should the SNP, with the support of the Greens, press ahead.
The Labour Group will be expected to adhere to party policy and do a U-turn by ditching their previous manifesto pledge. Although they might huff and puff, they will not blow the coalition house down.