Congestion Charge Discounts

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Angie Bray
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Why have you refused to include the new Saab 9-5 saloon in the environmental exemption scheme for the congestion charge? Why is a vehicle that runs on bio ethanol E85 not deemed to be clean enough? What signal does this send to the motor industry, which needs as much encouragement as possible in order to be effective partners in the fight against climate change?


Answer for Congestion Charge Discounts

Answer for Congestion Charge Discounts

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The current discount scheme (Alternative Fuel discount) for the encouragement of `greener' vehicles is based on alternative fuel vehicles. For the purposes of Vehicle Excise Duty, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency define an alternative fuel car as passenger vehicle in the M1 category where the propulsion must be gas, gas bi-fuel, hybrid or electric fuel cells.TfL will be consulting later this year on proposals to adjust the Congestion Charging scheme to reflect concerns about CO2 emissions on climate change. Proposals will include a discount for vehicles that emit very low levels of CO2. The current Alternative Fuels discount would be phased out should such changes be implemented.