Congestion Charging

Meeting: 
MQT on 2001-04-04
Session date: 
April 4, 2001
Reference: 
2001/0176
Question By: 
Angie Bray
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

It is expected that coaches conveying children to school will incur congestion charges. Given that this is inconsistent with many of the aims of the Draft transport strategy, such as reducing congestion and child road accident fatalities, how does the Mayor justify charging such coaches?

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Answer

Answer for Congestion Charging

Answer for Congestion Charging

Answered By: 
The Mayor

School buses will benefit from the reduced congestion that the proposed scheme will bring. Children are not being "fined", as you suggest. If school transport is being provided by vehicles which are displaying a borough livery from one of the central London boroughs then that vehicle will, as stated in the Draft Transport Strategy, receive a 100% discount from the proposed congestion charge. Alternatively any charge for a school bus which is not a London borough vehicle is likely to equate to only 10p per trip for each child " hardly a reason to prompt parents to start driving their children to school. I will be looking to see if any schools have made points about this issue in their responses to the draft Transport Strategy. .