I reported on this bogus consultation exercise in early September, see previous posting. It closed today.
Yesterday the Evening Standard was reporting that a study, funded by Land Rover, from the Centre for Economics and Business Research found that the scheme will push 10,000 new cars onto roads in the zone.
London Councils says:
As the emission related proposals relate only to the central area – the impact on CO2 emissions across London will be marginal. The lack of a residents discount for vehicles liable for the higher charge will cause many residents to sell their vehicles and purchase different vehicles. Therefore the emission benefits of the higher charge are only realised when Band G vehicles are scrapped altogether as a Band G vehicle used outside the congestion charging zone will still contribute towards CO2 emissions. Tackling the emissions from Taxis would be a more cost effective way of reducing CO2 emissions than the current proposals.
London First’s Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:
The Mayor’s proposals are unlikely to work. Politely, it’s a dog’s breakfast. By letting Fiestas, Puntos and Polos back into Central London for free, the Mayor will encourage more cars back onto our clogged up roads.
We must reduce emissions but a costly scheme that will have, at best, a minimal effect is not the right solution. By all means, reduce the charge to encourage cleaner cars. But the Mayor must not use taxpayers’ money to increase congestion in the name of climate change.
Business backed the original charge because it promised to reduce congestion. We aren’t prepared to endorse a naive, green-washed proposal that represents a backwards step.