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Police officers made to pay congestion charge is 'slap in the face'

A decision to make police officers pay the re-imposed London congestion charge when other key workers are exempt has been described as a "slap in the face".

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said officers should not be "penalised" for travelling to their shifts.

The £11.50 daily levy for people driving into central London was suspended on March 23 when the lockdown was announced.

But it was reintroduced on Monday as part of a billion-pound government bailout to secure emergency funding for Transport for London so underground and bus services could be kept running until September.

Next month the fee will rise to £15 and the hours of operation will be extended.

Since the beginning of this pandemic, police officers in London have worked tirelessly to keep the public safe at no small risk to themselves.

To be told that they now have to pay the congestion charge when other key workers retain an exemption is a slap in the face to our brave colleagues.

At a time when we are being discouraged from using public transport to get to our places of work, this seems to go completely against Government guidelines.

We are pushing this matter with the deputy mayor for policing Sophie Linden as a matter of urgency.

Metropolitan Police officers should not be financially penalised for travelling to their shifts to keep the public safe.

– Ken Marsh, Metropolitan Police Federation

The congestion charge reimbursement scheme remains for NHS staff, ambulance staff and care home workers because there is a “greater need for them to travel to work by car to reduce the risk of them coming into contact with others, having been exposed to potentially high levels of infection”, according to the office of the Mayor of London.

The Government made TfL reintroduce the Congestion Charge and Ultra Low Emission Zone and urgently bring forward plans to widen the level and scope of the charge as a condition of the recent funding deal.

The police and all our emergency services have done, and continue to do, a phenomenal job in responding to the impact of Covid-19 on London.

– Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London