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London on course for ‘charge rage’ epidemic unless demand for electric car charging points is met

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– Report finds capital could have just one charger for every 15 cars by 2031
– Electric vehicle registrations growing by 172 per cent every five years
– Calls for Mayor to invest more in rapid-charging points

London’s roads could see a ‘charge rage’ epidemic if the predicted demand for electric car charging points is not met, according to a new report.

‘Clearing the Air’, by London Assembly member Shaun Bailey, found the installation of electric charging points is occurring at an unsatisfactorily slow rate compared with the uptake of electric vehicles.

Latest Department for Transport figures show electric car sales are increasing by 174 per cent every five years. Current installation rates of electric charging points however means there will be just one available for every 15 electric cars on the road by 2031.

What’s more, many of the charging points currently being installed – including the 1,500 recently announced by Sadiq Khan – are ‘standard’ or ‘slow’ speed, taking between six and eight hours to fully-charge a vehicle.

The USA has already seen spates of ‘charge rage’ – disputes among motorists competing over a shortage of charging points.

Mr Bailey’s report recommends the Mayor abolishes his costly plans to expand the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) and instead invests some of the money in rapid electric charging points – which can charge a vehicle in under an hour.

London Assembly member and report author Shaun Bailey said:

“If London is going to fully support the adoption of electric vehicles on our roads we need adequate charging infrastructure in place.

“This report found London is not preparing to provide the right number and quality of charging points to meet predicted demand.

“The adoption of electric vehicles would go a long way to improving London’s air quality. In contrast, the Mayor’s plans to expand the ULEZ will have a negligible impact on emissions.

“That is why I’m urging the Mayor to abandon those plans and instead invest some of the money in improved electric-charging infrastructure.”


– Shaun Bailey is the GLA Conservatives’ spokesman for environment
– Clearing the Air makes ten alternative proposals to the Mayor’s plans for improving London’s air quality, funded by the abolishment of his plans to extend the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone, estimated in a previous report to cost £780million.

Among the proposals, the report recommends:
– The Mayor spends £30million installing 1,363 rapid-charging points in London (Transport for London currently plans to install just 300 rapid charging points by 2020) – See page 19 and 20 of report
– The Mayor replaces a third of London’s bus fleet with 2,200 hybrid buses to significantly reduce emissions on busy roads
– The GLA reassesses how it measures the impact of poor air quality to better inform the general public and Mayoral policy

The report: "Clearing the Air: Developing a more targeted approach to tackling London’s pollution problem" can be accessed at: www.glaconservatives.co.uk/cta/

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Road pricing proposals: Motorists face 90 per cent hike in road charges under Mayor’s plans

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– New report assesses the cost of road pricing to Londoners
– Scheme was proposed by Mayor and backed by majority of London Assembly
– Residents could have to pay average of £519 a year
– 8p per mile charge would cost motorists additional £1.2billion per annum

Motorists could face a 90 per cent increase in the cost of driving on London’s roads under controversial plans put forward by the Mayor of London[1], a new report shows.

“The Road Ahead:Cutting London’s Congestion without penalising drivers”, by Tony Devenish AM, assesses the potential cost of controversial road pricing proposals in Sadiq Khan’s Transport Strategy.

It showed a London resident paying annual Congestion Charge fees of £273 could see the cost of driving increase to £519 a year[2].

The overall increase from the Congestion Charge to motorists in London totals £1.2billion.

The report suggests better ways to reduce congestion on London’s roads, including a review of traffic lights, encouraging home working and a focus on road works reduction.

London Assembly member Tony Devenish said:

“The Mayor appears intent on making it financially impossible to drive in London.

“Road pricing would have a hugely detrimental impact on small businesses and motorists who rely on their vehicles to get around our city.

“Clearly congestion and air quality needs to improve. But using penalty charges to drive cars off the road throws the baby out with the bathwater.

“The Mayor should be looking at more sensible ways of improving traffic flow in our city, such as those proposed in my report.”

The report: "The Road Ahead:Cutting London’s Congestion without penalising drivers" can be accessed at: www.glaconservatives.co.uk/ra/

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The Cost of Khan 2017 – Report

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Throughout his election campaign and since taking office, Sadiq Khan has insisted he will be the “most pro-business Mayor London has ever had”.

Over a year into his term it is becoming increasingly clear his assertion does not stack up.

Not only that, it is becoming even more apparent the Mayor is content to regularly by-pass, sidestep or outright avoid fulfilling the promises that he made to London during the mayoral election campaign.

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Grenfell: Mayor refuses to review fire safety of proposed tower blocks

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Sadiq Khan dismisses request, claiming new buildings are ‘safer’

Tottenham block built in 2015 has same cladding as Grenfell Tower

No sprinklers proposed in 17-storey Harrow development

Sadiq Khan has refused to review fire safety on two proposed tower blocks despite growing concern in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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Plans to close half of London police stations exposed in leaked emails

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Memos show front counters will reduce from 73 to 36
– Sadiq Khan’s team has been formulating plans since December
Includes discussions of how best to spin the closures to the public
Mayor used election campaign press release in attempt to pre-emptively deflect blame onto central government

The Mayor of London is set to close more than half of London’s police stations under plans exposed in leaked emails dating back over six months.

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Low pay will leave 30,000 more working families in poverty by 2020, report finds

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– Mayor should name and shame FTSE 100 companies that don’t pay the London Living Wage
– Over 160,000 Londoners are trapped in a cycle of low-pay work
– 70 companies on the FTSE 100 currently do not pay the London Living Wage

A new report is calling on the Mayor to help Londoners out of low-pay, and publish the names of the FTSE 100 companies in London that have not signed up to his London Living Wage program.

The report, “Rich City – Poor Pay: Ending the pattern of low pay in the Capital”, details the shocking increases in the numbers of low paid Londoners, and provides recommendations to help boost their pay progression.

The number of working-age adults in poverty in London has increased from 1.1 million to 1.4 million in the past decade. Working families were some of the worst affected with a 70 per cent increase of those in poverty.

Using current trends by the end of Sadiq Khan’s Mayoral term 30,000 more families in London will be receiving either Working Tax Credits or Child Tax Credit.*

Author of the report, London wide Assembly Member Andrew Boff, said;

“It is a travesty that over a million Londoners are working, but still in poverty.

“By the time Sadiq Khan’s Mayoral term is over there will be 30,000 more in-work families in poverty.

“The Mayor needs to build a targeted strategy that helps low-paid Londoners progress to higher wages, while also encouraging more businesses to pay the London living wage.

“There is no reason why some of the richest companies in Britain cannot pay their workers a living wage. The Mayor should be working to get every FTSE 100 company to pay the London Living Wage, and if need be, naming and shaming those who won’t.”

The report asks the Mayor to;
· Map low-pay hotspots across London, and target them with new apprenticeships.
· Work to provide business rate relief to businesses that pay the London Living Wage.
· Direct some of the new devolved adult education budget to low-pay hotspots.
· Lobby FTSE 100 companies, and subsequently publish the names of those firms that do not pay the London Living Wage.

The report has also found that making the London Living Wage a requirement for all businesses would costs at least £1.15 billion per annum. The report suggests a more targeted approach that protects small businesses from the pressures of higher wages.

The report: "Rich City – Poor Pay: Ending the pattern of low pay in the Capital" can be accessed at: www.glaconservatives.co.uk/rc/

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Londoners pay £18million a year in cash machine fees

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– Lack of access to ATM’s disproportionately affects low-income groups, the disabled, and the elderly
– Free cash machines should be included in all new major developments

Pay-to-use cash machines cost Londoners £18million a year, according to a new report.

The report “Cash for Access: Expanding the availability of new cash machines” calls for fee-free cash machines to be included in all new major developments across London. It also calls for free-to-use cash machines to be installed in public buildings and TfL stations to help improve access.

In the past two years over 40 bank branches have closed across the capital making access to free cash withdrawals more difficult. Many Londoners now live more than 1km from a free cash machine and due mobility issues are required to pay for withdrawals. On average people are paying £1.75 a withdrawal, but that can sometimes be as high as £5 or £10.

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London’s emergency services struggling to comply with Mayor’s earlier ULEZ deadline

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– Fire, ambulance and police services all say they will be affected by 2019 implementation
– Met needs to replace 82 per cent of its fleet – all of its diesel vehicles
– Fire brigade faced with paying daily charge on 52 non-compliant vehicles if deadline is brought forward
– Ambulance service says it will have to bring forward vehicle replacement timeline

London’s emergency services are struggling to meet the proposed earlier deadline for complying with London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), an FOI has revealed.

Information obtained by London Assembly member Shaun Bailey shows all three emergency services are concerned about the financial and logistical impact of a 2019 introduction.

The ULEZ will require all vehicles – including those run by the emergency services – travelling inside the zone to meet exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge of £12.50.

Boris Johnson proposed to introduce the ULEZ in 2020 but Sadiq Khan has pledged to bring forward the date to 2019 and wants to widen the zone to the North and South Circular.

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Metropolitan Line Extension £50million short of budget

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– Letter confirms project may stall if additional cash is not found
– Mayor’s fares policy could be putting £284million project at risk

Officials at Transport for London have confirmed the Metropolitan Line Extension is £50million short of funding.

The £284million project is set to connect the Metropolitan Line from Croxley to several new stations across Watford. The project received £49million from the previous Mayor of London, but recent cost projections by TfL show that £50million more will be required before it can progress.

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