Following a call from Local Government Minister John Healey MP that local authorities should raise parking fees to discourage motorists from driving to town centres and drive them onto pulic transport Tim Hutchings, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry Chief Executive, said:

"The idea is complete madness. At a time when businesses in our town centres are already facing enormous challenges and when their customers and staff have had to overcome huge rises in the cost of fuel this idea is not only crass it also demonstrates economic illiteracy".