|19 July 2007.
For immediate release.
"Our opinion surveys show overwhelming opposition to congestion taxes. If the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) continues with the policy, MART will use legislation that allows a referendum to replace borough council leaders with elected mayors. This can take place within six months of the collection of 5 per cent of elector's signatures within the chosen borough. At this point we will put forward a candidate on an anti congestion charge ticket to contest the subsequent elections."MART has been encouraged by the level of support we have received throughout the region whilst petitioning residents, our survey shows that 80% of the population of Manchester are against the scheme. We are convinced that the level of public opposition to the congestion charge is such that voters will seize the opportunity to derail this unwanted and undemocratic process.