A consultation on the proposals is taking place. Nick Fairholme, TfL’s director for congestion charging, said: “I want to encourage as many people as possible to submit their views on these proposed changes.”
The consultation closes on February 8. Let Transport for London know your views here.
Edmund King, AA president, said: “We do have real concerns about ‘green goalposts’ being moved after drivers and businesses have invested in low-emission hybrid and diesel vehicles. We need to encourage the take-up of a range of greener vehicles.”
· 70,000 motorists enter London's congestion zone each day
· 2,500 qualify for TfL's Greener Vehicle Discount
· Vehicles must emit less than 100g/km of carbon dioxide
· TfL want tougher rules, reducing the limit to 75g co2/km
· This would rule out all current hybrid and diesel vehicles
David Bizley, the RAC’s technical director,said: “The 75g/km limit is pretty much beyond any current conventional diesel or gasoline vehicle. You really need some sort of plug-in hybrid to qualify.”
Transport for London wants to tighten rules around congestion charge exemption in order to raise the revenue netted by the £10 charge.
The Toyota Prius - a "hybrid" vehicle which runs on both petrol and an electric engine, two-seater petrol and diesel Smart cars and the petrol Fiat 500 are among more than 50 “green” models that will no longer be exempt.
Boris Johnson needs to rubber stamp the proposals to bring them into force in July. It's thought it will raise an extra £1-2 million for Transport for London.