Congestion Charge Western Extension

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Reference: 
2007/1132
Question By: 
Angie Bray
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Is the Mayor aware of the sizeable population of elderly, non-car owning residents within my constituency who are finding themselves increasingly isolated? This is because friends and family, some of them elderly themselves, find the cost of regular visiting, both for social reasons and in order to give practical help, prohibitive due to the extra financial burden of the congestion charge.

Does the Mayor plan to re-examine this issue so that elderly people who are not officially registered as disabled but are nonetheless restricted in terms of strength and mobility can nominate other drivers for the discount, as in the discount scheme offered to Blue Badge holders?

Answer

Answer for Congestion Charge Western Extension

Answer for Congestion Charge Western Extension

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Visits from friends and family can be a vital life-line for older Londoners. TfL provides a comprehensive public transport network to facilitate these visits. It is my opinion that, for the vast majority of Londoners, public transport provides a practical alternative to private car use. For those with specific transport needs, TfL and the Boroughs provide a number of door-to-door transport services. These include Dial-a-Ride, Capital Call and the Taxi card scheme. Older Londoners also benefit from the Freedom Pass.For those residents and non-residents of the congestion charging zone who are registered as disabled and have a Blue Badge, TfL already provides a 100% discount. This means that both car and non-car owning disabled people in the zone can nominate up to two vehicles a day to visit or provide practical help. To ensure objectivity and fairness, TfL has adopted this nationally accepted standard. Adopting a new standard would be difficult to implement, arbitrary and possibly unfair. It should also be noted that charging hours are only on weekdays between 7am and 6pm, so friends and family are able to travel by car during evenings and weekends without having to pay the congestion charge. Given the range of alternatives, and the need to ensure discounts are workable and fair, I do not intend to ask TfL to re-examine this issue.