£25 Congestion Charge

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Angie Bray
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


Given that the current zone makes up only 1.3% of the Greater London area, and that Band G vehicles only make up 18% of the total, and that transport emissions only make up 21% of the total emissions output, and that emissions are not static, how effective do you think the proposed amendments will be in improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions?


Answer for £25 Congestion Charge

Answer for £25 Congestion Charge

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

The existing central London Congestion Charging zone is a small part of London's area and although only some 3% of London's trips are made within it there are over 2 million unique vehicles that use the zone out of a population of some 5-7 million in London over a year. Therefore the proposal will affect a very large population.

Cars emitting over 225g/km of CO2 contribute a higher than average amount to total transport emissions. They account for 20%-25% of car emissions of CO2 and 5%-10% of all traffic emitted CO2 in the Congestion Charging zone.

While changes that the Mayor has talked about might bring about a reduction that is small in global terms, they would be an effective way to encourage drivers to choose less polluting vehicles.