Free Travel Concessions (Supplementary) [12]

Session date: 
July 12, 2006
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In the autumn, TfL ran a poster advertising campaign, copies of which I have brought with me. One of them shows a young lady lighting a cigarette on a bus, with the strap-line `do it and you could lose your free travel'. Another one shows a group of youths appearing to open a can of beer on the bus, saying `do it and you could lose your free travel'. It looks like for nine months they have been able to do it without any penalty whatsoever despite TfL's public claims. Would it not have been better to wait until you had got the scheme in place before you spent money on an advertising campaign which was not correct?

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Answer for Free Travel Concessions (Supplementary) [12]

Answer for Free Travel Concessions (Supplementary) [12]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

You seem to be assuming that everyone has been doing it, lighting up and having a drink. That is not the case. A very, very small minority of young Londoners have abused the concessions, the vast majority have respected it. I do not see where this question is going. I thought we were all supposed to go out and hug a hoodie; that is the new policy of your party. Here you are complaining about young people.