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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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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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Armed forces veterans suffering PTSD need Mayor’s help to access life-changing assistance dogs

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– New report calls on Sadiq Khan to help some of the capital’s 5,360 affected veterans
– Loan-scheme could ease access to highly-trained dogs
– Canines act as effective alternatives to long-term drug therapies

The Mayor of London could support some of the capital’s 5,360 armed forces veterans suffering from PTSD by providing loans for life-changing therapeutic dogs, according to a new report.

‘Paws for Support’, by London Assembly Member Shaun Bailey, calls on the Mayor to use cash reserves and corporate sponsorship to set up an interest-free loan scheme that could provide the capital’s most vulnerable veterans with the trained pets.

The intelligent canines, which help in a similar way to guide dogs, provide reassuring personal assistance to PTSD sufferers and can even wake a sufferer up during recurring nightmares – a common symptom of the illness.

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The Mayor resorts to mud-slinging rather than addressing the T-Charge facts

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Sadiq Khan appears to be blindly ignoring the facts put in front of him by his own researchers at TfL.

Under assessment by his own people, the Mayor’s flagship air pollution policy is predicted to have only a ‘negligible’ impact on air quality, reducing poisonous NOx gasses by just 1-3%.

Unfortunately for Londoners, rather than attempt to address any of the points I have raised, the Mayor has simply resorted to mud-slinging.

Londoners will no doubt be disappointed to see the Mayor fail to defend a policy that will cost 9,000 drivers a combined £23million a year. What we need, instead of politicising the environment, is a sensible policy that actually tackles air pollution.

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T-charge will cost Londoners £23million a year for ‘negligible’ improvement in air quality

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– TfL predicts just a 1-3% reduction in NOx (nitrous oxide) emissions
– 9,000 drivers every day set to be hit with £10 charge
– Small businesses with older vehicles will be hardest hit

The Mayor of London’s T-charge will cost Londoners £23million a year despite having only a ‘negligible’ impact on pollution, it has been revealed.

Transport for London’s own assessment concludes the £10 daily charge for vehicles that are over ten years old will save just 1-3% of NOx (nitrous oxide) emissions – a figure described as ‘negligible’ by TfL.

The assessment also concludes the anticipated reduction in air pollution will be ‘low’.

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London fringe festival at disused sites ‘could help reverse music venue closures’

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– Report finds 35% of London’s grass roots music venues have closed since 2007
– Disused stations, railway arches and buildings could host gigs
– Calls for Mayor to boost pop-up culture with celebratory fringe festival

The Mayor of London should co-ordinate a London fringe festival at disused sites to encourage the creation of pop-up music and comedy venues across the capital, according to a new report.

‘Top of the pop-ups’ calls for the Mayor to work with developers and TfL to identify disused tube stations, railways arches, depots and other buildings to host the annual event.

The report found 35 per cent of London’s grass roots music venues have closed since 2007, with over 100 live music venues in the West End and 50 other music venues shutting down in recent years.

Report author Shaun Bailey AM wants to preserve London’s live music and comedy scene and believes the Mayor could lead the way in pop-up venues by making use of London’s disused sites.

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Night Czar Amy Lamé ‘must appear before scrutiny committee’

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ShaunShaun Bailey AM has written to Economy Committee chair Fiona Twycross urging Ms Lamé’s attendance at the group’s next meeting. He writes:

“The role of Night Czar has the potential to be transformational for London, and therefore it is fundamentally important that the first person to hold that role has the chance to explain to the London Assembly her ‘plans’ at the earliest opportunity.

“This will also give Ms Lamé a chance to address members’ concerns and prove to us that she will be capable of representing all Londoners.”

Assembly Member Bailey’s letter comes a day after Sadiq Khan defended the appointment of Ms Lamé, despite being heavily criticised over her offensive Twitter profile and her being paid through a public services company, which critics say minimises her income tax.

Speaking about his request, Assembly Member Bailey said: “The Mayor made it clear that Ms Lamé holds an influential and important role that will shape the night time economy in London.

“It is only right that she must be brought before the committee to outline her plans and face scrutiny in the same way her fellow senior aides do.”

Ground-breaking trial could significantly cut A&E waiting times across London, report finds

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– Mayor urged to promote Londonwide rollout of scheme
– Educational ad campaign could encourage people to seek other care options
– Increased GP registration in poorer areas could help reduce A&E congestion

The Mayor of London should promote the London-wide rollout of a ground-breaking trial that has helped reduce waiting times at an east London Accident and Emergency department, according to a new report by a London Assembly Member.

Shaun Bailey AM’s report, ‘Time to Care’, found that a major contributing factor to worsening A&E times is the attendance of patients who could be treated at other services.

The report looked at a trial at Queen’s Hospital, in Havering, where a doctor was placed at the entrance of its A&E to assess patients as they arrived and redirect those who could seek help elsewhere.

The trial resulted in up to 60 people a day being redirected away from the department, with 33 per cent of those found to require no NHS care at all.

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