London congestion charge review

Begonia Filgueira | 13 years ago

The Mayor of London has agreed to review the workings of the congestion charge and the exemptions available for low emission vehicles.  Currently, exemptions from the charge are available for hybrid powered cars.  The best achievement of a hybrid powered car in relation to CO2 outputs is 89g/km but some hybrids emit as much as 219g/km.

However, it is believed that at the beginning of this year that there were16 types of non-hybrid green cars which emitted less than 105g/km of CO2.  These include cars such as the Volvo range employing start/stop technology.

This means that currently as many as 9,500 car users may be paying up to £2,000 each per year to enter the Capital notwithstanding that they are driving low emission cars which often have a better performance than their hybrid equivalents.

Boris Johnson has now accepted that technologies have improved since the congestion charge was introduced and that exemptions from the charge will need to be renewed.  This task will fall to Transport for London, who will report later in the year.

About the author

Begonia Filgueira

Begonia is a specialist in Environmental Law, governance and negotiation. Her career now spans 20 years having started as an environmental lawyer in the City. She is a dually qualified UK Solicitor and Spanish Abogada who provides legal advice, trains professionals and carries out complex research in the areas of International and EU environmental law. She also advises on treaty negotiations and implementation of EU law. Begonia has advised UNEP, UNDP, the European Commission, DEFRA and DOENI. She also advises industry and NGOs on environmental policy and regulation. BREXIT negotiations is her current area of specialism.