Diplomatic Evasion of the Congestion Charge

Meeting: 
MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Reference: 
2006/2248
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

For the Ambassadors of nations where their legal advisers are preventing the payment of the congestion charge by assuming the charge is a tax, could such Diplomats be asked to pay a charitable donation equivalent to their debt which could be used to offset special hardship cases as well as release them from their outstanding obligations? Would this action, if negotiated by TfL and the USA, help reduce the danger of growing anti-American feeling over this issue?

Answer

Answer for Diplomatic Evasion of the Congestion Charge

Answer for Diplomatic Evasion of the Congestion Charge

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is a novel idea to seek agreement from well-off countries that do not pay the congestion charge to make a charitable donation that could be used to offset hardship cases. However, I think it is more important to get Embassies such as the US to accept the law of the land and pay the charge like the vast majority of Londoners and Embassies and for TfL to use that money to improve transport facilities across London.