Disabled blue badge holders

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Reference: 
2019/12163
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What consideration did you give to exempting disabled blue badge holders from the ULEZ charge in the same way they are exempt from the congestion charge?

Answer

Disabled blue badge holders

Disabled blue badge holders

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Blue Badge holders receive a 100 per cent discount to the Congestion Charge in recognition of the fact they may be dependent on using a private vehicle and therefore cannot avoid the Congestion Charge. Blue Badge holders do not receive a discount for ULEZ because while Blue Badge holders may need to use a private vehicle, they do have a choice over using or nominating a ULEZ-compliant vehicle. This issue was raised and considered as part of the consultation on bringing forward the ULEZ implementation date.

Note that specially adapted vehicles used by people with disabilities will not pay the ULEZ charge until 26 October 2025. In addition, Blue Badge holders from low income households may be able to benefit from my low income scrappage scheme, due to be launched later this year.