The developments to date on this important subject are most welcome. Can I just say to the Chair, the ability to raise questions sent to us through our mailbag or to us directly is important because the touting for hire issue was raised by me with the Mayor. At that time, people were not aware that touting was not a recordable offence. I think that sometimes we have to pull back and hold on to those successes that we are achieving from bringing the concerns of Londoners here and obtaining a response from the Mayor.
I will ask my question about the Congestion Charge and I will link it. Will the Mayor take on that there is an inability of people within the Congestion Charge area to pay their charge because many of the Congestion Charge payment points are closed during rush hour? Will he take that up, because for many of my constituency who are just about able to afford the £5, it seems wrong that they cannot then pay that Charge and consequently find themselves in a position where they could then be fined?
Moving on, I have two questions about the Safer Travel at Night. You quoted some very good figures. However, let us not forget that 11 women per month are still being raped and sexually assaulted in illegal minicabs in the capital. Will you give us your assurance that you will instruct TfL that they must meet the April 2005 target for vehicles, and that they will put in the resources to ensure that the target for April 2006 is met? This would mean that all 40,000 drivers registered with the Public Carriage Office are fully licensed, because many of them are currently partially licensed. The other important thing that we must see happen is that each vehicle will be issued with and required to display the licensed private vehicle tax disc-style notice on the front and rear of their vehicle so that women out at night and anyone around can see that this is a licensed vehicle. Will you instruct TfL to ensure that these key targets are met by the date guaranteed?