However, The Guardian (4 May, p5) reported that Mr Prescott then dismissed Tony Blair's youthful policy analysts as 'teeny boppers' and said he would have the final say on transport policy.
The consultation paper, which was to be published this month but is now due in June, would give local authorities powers to impose substantial new charges on motorists such as 'congestion charges' and 'private non-residential parking.'
And amid this contoversey the Conservatives are aiming to become the car drivers' champions as party strategists seized an opportunity to cash in on motorists fears that greener transport will cost them money.
Mr Fowler said Mr Prescott's planned white paper on integrated transport should have been produced before the local elections, because it is bound to prove deeply controversial.
He is asking the deputy prime minister to spell out his policies on the motorist, on car parking and on new road-taxes. He said: 'As the No 10 policy unit suggested, the taxes will hit middle England hardest. They will hit the housewife going shopping as well as the factory worker using his firm's car park.'