Transport for London has announced the start of a statutory public consultation on proposed changes to the Congestion Charge schemes including the Western Extension Zone (WEZ).
Foreign embassies now owe in excess of £40m in unpaid congestion charge fees and penalty notices with the US the worst offender. Check out our ongoing coverage of the story.
Londoners are each owed £5 by those embassies which persist in evading the Congestion Charge despite government and TfL advice that the charge is a legally levied charge and not, as the offenders insist, a tax from which they’re exempt.
Boris Johnson has pledged to “carry on” working to convince embassies to pay the Congestion Charge and “fulfil their obligations to their host city”. The Mayor’s comments were made in a letter London Assembly Chair Darren Johnson after Assembly Members passed a resolution in December calling for action to secure unpaid Congestion Charge fees and fines.
Londoners returning to work after the festive break will today be making their first commutes under Boris Johnson’s new fares package which he unveiled in October. The package sees bus fares increase for the second time since Johnson came to office with a single Oyster pay as you go fare increasing from £1 to £1.20.