Crisis Open Christmas

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-10-15
Session date: 
October 15, 2008
Reference: 
2008/2330
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

This Christmas, Crisis volunteers will give up their time to provide shelter, food and support to over 2000 homeless people in London, as they have done for almost 40 years. As a measure of goodwill and support, would the Mayor consider waiving the congestion charge for Crisis volunteer vehicles, with appropriate proof, from 22nd December until the end of Christmas?

Answer

Answer for Crisis Open Christmas

Answer for Crisis Open Christmas

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Congestion Charging does not operate on public holidays, therefore Christmas Day, Boxing day & New Years Day are uncharged, and the 3 working days between Boxing Day and New Years Day are also uncharged. This should help in respect of the request. Whilst recognising the valuable contribution that voluntary organisations such as Crisis make, I, along with TfL, believe that extending the Christmas charge-free period for these organisations would undermine the decongestion benefits of the scheme. Awarding an extension to a single organisation would also be difficult to legally define or enforce.