Congestion Charge - Additional Costs to Businesses (Supplementary) [7]

Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Damian Hockney
Organisation: 
One London Party
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

Fine. I get one of my team to ring 30 companies and 10 of them give specifics. That is the key, they are being charged. When we had a recent scrutiny of the film industry on the Economic Development Committee, all of those who are not financially dependant upon either the GLA money or Government said: `It is a major issue. The Congestion Charge is a barrier to us because of the number of vehicles'. There is an attempt to play it down, I think that is the thing that I am saying. Can you not do some research, include that in your research, and then, if, as Darren [Johnson] says, these people are ripping people off, then surely that should be said?

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Answer for Congestion Charge - Additional Costs to Businesses (Supplementary) [7]

Answer for Congestion Charge - Additional Costs to Businesses (Supplementary) [7]

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

We will look in detail to see to what extent the research deals with it. It has always been said that there will be some winners and some losers. The basic point remains this; people who circulate within the Congestion Charging Zone benefit from the reduction in traffic and the reduction in congestion. My guess is, of the 100,000 vehicles entering the Zone, there are not many of them making only one delivery. If these people are being systematically billed on a large scale basis by regular contractors who turn up to do multiple things a day, then, frankly, they are being ripped off.