Hike in London Congestion Charge is ‘tax rise on essential business users’, says BVRLA
Announced by Transport for London yesterday (29th May), the rise comes into effect from 16th June 2014 and will see the daily Congestion Charge price rise from £10 to £11.50 (or £10.50 if paid using CC Auto Pay or £14 if paid the next charging day).
The increase follows a public consultation that took place earlier this year and, according to TfL, ‘will ensure the charge remains a relative deterrent to all but the most essential journeys into the centre of London, contributing an income of £82.7m over the course of the next five years, which will be re-invested into London’s transport network – including modernising London’s roads infrastructure’.
‘This 15% increase in the daily charge is unjustified and is in effect a tax rise on essential business users who have no choice but to drive in central London,’ said BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney. ‘We are disappointed that Transport for London has ignored our calls to reverse this decision, and will continue to fight this battle on behalf of our members and their customers, who operate the cleanest, safest vehicles on UK roads.’