Olympic Family

MQT on 2006-06-21
Session date: 
June 21, 2006
Question By: 
Angie Bray
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Why are members of the Olympic Family exempt from the Congestion Charge, when diplomatic staffs from foreign embassies are not?


Answer for Olympic Family

Answer for Olympic Family

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London's Olympic bid was enhanced by this gesture of hospitality toward the Olympic Family (who will be guests in London for a brief and extraordinary period). The exemption is closely defined and will be of limited duration. An exemption for the staff of the 185 embassies who stay for long periods in London as a result of their job, conversely, would set a lasting precedent and undermine the scheme's integrity and decongestion benefits.