News 18 January 2022

Londoners Could Face Driving Charge Of Up To £2 Under Mayor’s New Plans

18 January 2022

London motorists may have more than just a parking ticket to worry about soon as the Mayor of London is proposing a £2 daily charge to help reach climate change targets.

Sadiq Khan hopes this latest proposition – which would charge drivers a “small” daily fee of up to £2 for “all but the cleanest vehicles” – will encourage Londoners to become more physically active by taking alternative routes to work such as walking, cycling or public transport.

Mr Khan has asked Transport for London (TfL) to explore road pricing that would charge drivers by distance travelled, time and location. He is also considering charging people from outside of London who wish to travel into the city.

The new plans follow last year’s flash flooding which saw a number of tube stations and homes flooded and was then followed by a heatwave, leaving the mayor of London and fellow Londoners at risk of severe climate change.

Sadiq Khan said: “We have too often seen measures to tackle air pollution and the climate emergency delayed around the world because it’s viewed as being too hard or politically inconvenient, but I’m not willing to put off action, we have the ability to implement here in London”.

TfL have said there will be a public consultation to see if and which of the mayor’s proposals can be achieved. Whichever measures are approved could be implemented in the capital by May 2024.

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