Congestion charge

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3286
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Further to Question No: 2017/2459

Further to Question No: 2017/1824

What progress is being made by the Foreign Secretary in instituting proceedings at the International Court of Justice to clarify the law regarding diplomatic immunity in order to force recalcitrant governments to pay the congestion charge?

Your response being:

"TfL has always been clear that the Congestion Charge is a charge for a service and not a tax. This means that foreign diplomats are not exempt from paying it.

TfL continues to pursue all unpaid Congestion Charge fees and related penalty charge notices and, in October 2016, wrote to the Foreign Secretary to ask him to take up the matter with the relevant embassies and the International Court of Justice."

What action has the Foreign Office taken at the ICJ and in particular have proceedings commenced in that court; and if not when are they expected to be?

Your response being:

'Transport for London has always been clear that this issue requires the support of Government because only Government can bring proceedings at the International Court of Justice.'

Has the Government instituted such proceedings; and if not what explanation have they given?

Answer

Answer for Congestion charge

Answer for Congestion charge

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In October 2016, Mike Brown MVO, London's Transport Commissioner, wrote to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs asking him to pursue the matter on Transport for London's (TfL's) behalf. 

TfL has not yet received a formal response.