Andrew Boff, Conservative London Assembly Member, will today call for the Congestion Charge to be scrapped if the Mayor’s proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone goes ahead.
The proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) would be designed to reduce pollution by ensuring that vehicles driving within central London are zero or low emissions. It is likely to cover the same area as the Congestion Charge zone. This raises questions for the future of the Congestion Charge, with the prospect of drivers being charged twice for driving in the same area.
Speaking before the meeting of the Environment Committee of the London Assembly, Mr Boff said:
“I have long believed that the Congestion Charge is a tax on the motorist, and that it has failed to really have the impact that was originally intended. It makes no sense to continue with it if the Ultra Low Emission zone goes ahead as planned. I would strongly urge the Mayor to consider scrapping the charge altogether and lighten the burden on London’s hard pressed drivers”.