BUT - if you need a car for occasional use weekends, holidays etc this charge is aimed at family motorists. My car sits immobile monday to friday week in week out. I drive to my parents at the weekend, take them out, I take my sons out at weekends also for those uses I need a larger car. ON TOP of the season ticket costs for loacl travel using my Oyster spy card.
As a matter of interest the least environmentally friendly car is Toyota Pious - the whole life impact is 6 times greater than the Ford Focus. damage building, disposal of batteries, weight of car - high fuel consumption etc etc.
I feel Ken's policy would have more credibility if it was an Environment Tax not a Congestion Tax and if the proceeds were spent on reducing bus n tube fares rather than on self promotion ads - Mayor of London Working for You
Couldn't agree more GjF. There's a lot of Ken-bashing on this forum - which is fair enough, because that's democracy - but less understanding of what he is trying to do. Some times it reads like the Daily Mail on here. I dread to think what London's streets would be like without the congestion charge and Ken's efforts to improve the transport system. Nobody's perfect (I still hate the bendy buses, and I'm not sure he's right about tall buildings), but the Tories would not even have attempted to fix a problem that their car-obsessed, anti-public-transport policies created in the first place.
Only posted twice on this forum, and on both occasions I'm voting with kmitchell. Ken is flawed, but he has a vision for a sustainable, thriving and functioning city which I can buy into. If Davies really knows no-one who voted for him, he maybe ought to get out and meet a few more Londoners - because a lot of us did, and probably will again.
Birdie - annual bus pass last year was £340, year before £340, year before that £380.
perhaps Davies has a large amount of tools and equipment that he has to have with him for his job. I'm sure that if i was a plumber/electrician or some such similar tradesman i'd find it rather difficult taking all i need to do my job with me on public transport.