Congestion Charge Evaders (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
March 27, 2002
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


At a meeting of the Association of British Drivers that I went to recently "

The Mayor: - You must have been welcome there!

Jenny Jones: Yes, good training. They were suggesting that they would even be un-registering themselves, becoming illegal as a response to the congestion charge. It"s already true that something like 10% of pedestrian deaths are from hit and run accidents and quite a sizeable proportion of those are from illegally registered drivers who can't be caught. I do see this as a big potential problem and I feel that, while you are taking the issue of enforcement seriously, at the moment you haven't got quite the right answer to it.

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Answer for Congestion Charge Evaders (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Congestion Charge Evaders (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The technology is developing rapidly. I was recently shown into a police car where this new technology was at work. An automatic camera registers one vehicle number after another and immediately broadcasts that to the police headquarters where it is checked for vehicles that are wanted and immediately an alarm goes off. Within about 30 seconds in the car the police are alerted to vehicles that are wanted. That was an initial pilot. We will move as rapidly as possible to that so that as soon as an unregistered car is driven into the area, alarms go off and some of our mobile units go off in pursuit of it. It will take time to get it working, but I suspect that what we are going to see is the people in the unregistered cars avoiding the congestion zone once they recognise the police attention there. The police are particularly interested in this scheme and will have full access to the information collected.