Free travel for London Ambulance Service

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-09-11
Session date: 
September 11, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3216
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The London Ambulance Service struggles to recruit staff because of the high cost of living in London, which is exacerbated by London travel costs. Bearing in mind your answers to MQs 4209/2012 and 2639/2013 regarding free travel for Metropolitan Police personnel where you state that:

'TfL does not consider there is a cost associated with this concession, which provides a welcome additional security measure for users of TfL services'

Then considering the additional health benefit of having paramedics travelling on the transport network, would you consider giving parity with the Metropolitan Police and agree to grant free travel to LAS staff?

Answer

Answer for Free travel for London Ambulance Service

Answer for Free travel for London Ambulance Service

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written response from the Mayor I am not convinced that the benefits which accrue from police officers having free travel extend to ambulance personnel.

There are, of course, many deserving groups for whom one could make the case for free travel, but the costs would have to be paid through higher fares elsewhere or cuts in services or investment.

My policies are aimed at keeping fares down in the longer term, to the benefit of all Londoners. I have protected the most vulnerable members of society through my various concessionary schemes and will continue to do so.