Apparently this will come into force on 27th October when 4x4s and other large vehicles will have to pay £25 to enter the Congestion Charge zone and small cars will get in for free.
This announcement is the final admission that the Congestion Charge has failed and that the Mayor is trying to rebrand it as a CO2 charge.
Bizarrely the contrived signing ceremony involved the Mayor and his invisible deputy Nicky Gavron and also Green AM Jenny Jones and the leader of her party Sian Berry. It does seem strange that one of the Mayor’s opponents in the mayoral race wants to big him up like this. Given that she founded the Alliance Against Urban 4x4s I guess she could not resist. The whole exercise does underscore that she is not a serious contender and that the Green Party and the Mayor intend to encourage Greens to give the Mayor their second preference votes.
What is really outrageous about this announcement is that the Mayor spent £1.4 million on a consultation on this in the autumn of last year and has so far refused to publish the results. The Mayor has not yet published the consultation report in spite of repeated questions from Tory AM Angie Bray. She asked for the results in November and December but she was stonewalled each time.