£25 Congestion Charge

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0447
Question By: 
Angie Bray
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

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

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.