Croydon Community Bus

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-02-20
Session date: 
February 20, 2008
Reference: 
2008/0372
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Whilst fully supporting the introduction of the Low Emission Zone, I have been contacted by Councillor Shafi Khan (Croydon Council) about a charity Croydon Community Bus who have an old 1983 bus converted to be a Play Bus which provides vital youth club services to deprived areas of Croydon and is likely one of many of this sort of provision across London. It will cost £6,000 to covert the bus to be compliant and £1,000 per annum to service it a large amount of money for voluntary organisations. Could there be some funding put aside to assist voluntary organisations in converting vehicles such this?

Answer

Answer for Croydon Community Bus

Answer for Croydon Community Bus

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My view is that offering grants or exemptions to some organisations but not others would be unfair. There would also be practical difficulties in targeting organisations for assistance given the breadth of the community sector and the fact that so many organisations that may travel in the zone are based outside the jurisdiction of TfL. For these reasons, I consider that the issue of grants or financial assistance are better dealt with by central government.

TfL is in contact with Croydon Community Bus to discuss the options available to them. More broadly, TfL has nine approved pollution abatement equipment suppliers who can supply and fit a filter to the vast majority of vehicles affected by the LEZ. The servicing of the pollution abatement equipment would be undertaken as part of the regular maintenance.