The Mayor was slightly on the back foot yesterday at Mayor’s question time in the face of a question from LibDem AM Dee Doocey regarding senior Metropolitan Police officers’ chauffer driven cars. Follow this link and move the clock to 37:00. Doocey put a figure of £2 million on the total cost and the Evening Standard reported yesterday that this spending involved some 41 officer entitled to cars.
Doocey rightly pointed out that the Mayor had himself recommended to David Cameron that he reduce the number of ministerial and other government cars, see previous posting here.
It does I have to say seem pretty bizarre that the Mayor and his predecessor can do without a car but 41 policemen can’t. Boris indicated that “I can’t snap my finger and make these cars disappear in one fell swoop”. No doubt the Mayor will get rid of these cars during the course of this term. After that any contractual hold outs will need to be names and shamed.
The Government Car Service’s cars cost nearer to £100,000 each so I suspect that Doocey’s number is an underestimate.