The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has unveiled plans for a new ‘Greater London Boundary Charge’.
Under the new scheme, from 2023, a £3.50 daily fee could be implemented for people who live outside London to drive within the city boundaries, and a £5.50 fee for the most polluting vehicles.
The boundary charge is one of the suggestions submitted as part of the Mayors ‘Financial
Sustainability Plan’ as a way to meet Transport for London’s financial challenges.
David Simmonds CBE MP was part of a group of 24 MPs to write to Sadiq Khan last month, urging him to scrap the proposal.
David Simmonds MP told PinnerNews: “This new charge will be detrimental to our community and local businesses and it is unfair to all those who work in and use our local shops, schools, and healthcare services.
The Mayor will shortly enter into negotiations with the Department for Transport (DfT) on a fresh bailout package for Transport for London (TfL). However, it is unacceptable that he should enter these negotiations while trying to threaten us with these extreme measures. Many of those who will be most directly affected are not even able to vote for the Mayor.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: ‘Ministers have failed to play fair by Londoners when it comes to financing our world-renowned transport system. It is high time they did so.
“Londoners pay £500m worth of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) every year, which is then spent on maintaining roads outside the capital. It is not fair on London that our drivers should subsidise the rest of the country’s roads and get nothing in return. The Government must allow London to retain its share of VED and to support the capital’s transport system properly as in other world cities.
“If Ministers aren’t prepared to play fair, then we will need to consider other options to address this unfairness, such as asking people who live outside London and make journeys into Greater London by car to pay a modest charge, which would be reinvested in London’s transport network.”