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London road charging proposals: Campaign for Better Transport reacts

11 December 2020

Reacting to the news that the Mayor of London is considering a new Greater London Boundary Charge for non-residents driving into the city, unless the Government allows London to keep the VED raised from London-based drivers, Paul Tuohy, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"The relative cost of different transport options needs to be rebalanced to encourage more people to travel sustainably. With Tube and bus fares due to increase above inflation in January, the Mayor is right to be considering how income from drivers can be used to keep the city moving. Alternatives such as cutting buses and cycle hire are unthinkable. But preferable to adding another set daily charge to an already complicated collection of schemes would be a single, national road pricing scheme based on distance travelled, vehicle emissions and the availability of alternatives. This would be fairer to drivers, reflecting individual journeys. The Mayor should grasp the nettle and trial such a scheme in London, which should then be rolled out nationally."

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Notes to editors

  • The Mayor of London's press release can be read online.
  • London already has a complex collection of road user charging schemes, including the Congestion Charge in Central London, the Low Emission Zone on the Greater London boundary, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (currently in the same area as the Congestion Charge but due to be extended to the North and South Circular from next year), as well as planned tolls for the Blackwall tunnel.
  • Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).