Keith Prince AM comment: Mayor doubles ‘scrap for cash’ polluting vehicle fund as he holds National Clean Air Summit
Keith Prince AM said: “The penny appears to have finally dropped and the Mayor has at last realised that his approach to introducing the new ULEZ will hit poorest Londoners the hardest.
“While the Mayor is right to help Londoners prepare for the ULEZ, this new scrappage scheme is just a drop in the ocean. With the Mayor’s figures estimating that 100,000 vehicles will be impacted by ULEZ and other predictions forecasting that this number will be much higher, we need Sadiq Khan to do much more than just tinkering around the edges”.
London Assembly Members have joined forces to vote against Sadiq Khan’s proposal to take away the Congestion Charge exemption from private hire vehicles (PHVs).
Members voted on a motion which urged the Mayor to scrap the policy on Thursday afternoon, which was passed by 16 to 3.
Critics say that the policy would fail to reduce congestion and is only being pursued to plug the deficit in the transport budget.
The Mayor's own figures show that the change would reduce the number of PHVs in the Congestion Charge zone by only 600 a day – with the total traffic in the area falling by a meagre 1 percent.
Fares could rise by 16 percent, as operators would have to cover the cost of paying the Congestion Charge.
The analysis also shows that the move could raise up to £30 million per year, which could help to fill the Mayor's almost £1 billion black hole in the transport budget.