Congestion Charge exemption

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3169
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you consider exempting or reimbursing the congestion charge for vehicles carrying patients to and from hospices, given that a similar scheme currently operates to reimburse patients attending NHS appointments or admission who are clinically assessed as being too ill, weak or disabled to travel on public transport?

Answer

Answer for Congestion Charge exemption

Answer for Congestion Charge exemption

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have asked TfL to undertake a review of discounts and exemptions to the Congestion Charge. This will include a review of the NHS scheme. The NHS Re-imbursement Scheme is not an exemption, but rather a reimbursement of the charge for those patients receiving care under the auspices of the NHS. The reimbursement scheme was developed following consultation with the NHS, patient groups and the public.

I do not necessarily consider it appropriate to widen the reimbursement scheme. However, I have asked TfL to give further consideration to the scheme as part of the wider review. TfL is due to report back to me in December on the findings, and until that time I do not want to speculate on any potential changes. Any proposed changes to the Scheme would be subject to public consultation.