CONGESTION CHARGE EXEMPTION FOR KEY WORKERS & EMERGENCY SERVICES

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The congestion charge was introduced in 2003 to cut traffic levels and pollution. The government has just announced a series of significant changes. Firstly the congestion charge is set to rise to £15, 7 days a week, with extended hours so it is operational between the hours of 07:00-22:00.

These changes do not support the initial objective. They are purely a money making exercise. They will cost thousands of hard working people who need to drive into London for work, hundreds, possibly thousands of pounds a year extra. This is at a time when we are being dissuaded from using public transport and to take to our cars to help combat the spread of Coronavirus.

This will affect key workers who will be the ones impacted the most due to being shift workers, unable to use public transport at all hours, with no other means of transport, who are the people keeping the currently moving during this pandemic.

Changes come against a backdrop of years of austerity measures resulting in pay freezes or pitiful below inflation rises.

I like thousands who work for the emergency services will find it impossible to get to and from work from currently paying barely anything a month in congestion charge to potentially having to pay £75 per 5 day working week!

I urge TFL and the government to either reconsider these changes or to put significant provisions in place for key workers and those working for the emergency services regardless of role!