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Million Pound consultation closes

Congestion Charge consultation graphicI 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.

Today the Standard says London Councils and London First are pretty down too.

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.

    3 replies on “Million Pound consultation closes”

    “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.”

    And arguably more so, because a band G vehicle in K & C is proberbly only used a couple of times a week. If it is sold to someone in Oxfordshire it will proberbly get more use……..

    IMHO this is an issue for national government, not the mayor.

    The tfl.gov.uk “consultation” was very loaded: 3 questions on how much you’d cuddle mother earth and detest CO2 with all your heart (and lungs, though CO2 is less bad than the increase in PMs caused by taxt & bus filters). No way to actually oppose the measure, except for a text box. According to K&C council, 11000 owners will be affected and they did mailshot all of us (yup, I’m one). This is one measure that should fail for poor actual consultation, but sadly “mayor” means elected dictatorship.

    The beefy doc on the “proposal” does say (around p165) that actual congestion will increase so they reserve the right to yet again change the rules in 2010. Hopefully when the impact of this fiddling is felt, the elections next year will sock it to the chief fiddler.

    At the other end, btw, the free access seems hopelessly regressive in that you need to have a post 2005 car. If you can afford one of those you can afford the CC anyway!

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