TfL’s consultation on proposed changes to the Congestion Charge ends today. This is your final chance to send in your comments.
Briefly, the notable proposed changes are these:
- Abolish the Western Extension Zone (WEZ) — the section in Kensington and Knightsbridge, west of Park Lane and east of Shepherd’s Bush. This was a manifesto promise of the mayor. The WEZ has been unpopular with rich tories who want to drive to posh Knightsbridge shops, and with the residents of Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith, and Wandsworth, who believe that it has merely shifted the congestion into their own streets.
- More discounts and exemptions for cars with low CO2 emissions, including exemptions for plug-in hybrids and any conventional car that emits less than 100g/km.
- Increasing the charge by £1, to £9.
Roughly, my comments on these were: