Boris says the Extra London Congestion Charge won't happen!

posted on May 18 2008 by Jade Hensby

Did you take note of other Contract Hire and Leasing companies that had you rushing out to order congestion charge dodging cars The latest from City Hall is Boris the bendy bus hater, promising new age Routemasters, no more congestion charge extensions and free passes for Berkshire-based Range Rovers to the King's Road and Bond Street for those essential shopping trips.

Porsche drivers will be jumping for joy, and along with them the residents of Kensington and Chelsea. One and the same Those who accuse Boris of pandering to London's rich would say so but it seems the firm will have no further need of its anti congestion charge website.

In a campaign against Ken's proposed 25 charge for 'Chelsea Tractors' and gas guzzlers (cars emitting over 225g/km of CO2), Porsche claimed the hike disproportionate and based on inverted snobbery. And, always up for leaping on populist causes, Boris' Getting Londoners Moving manifesto says the extra charge won't happen.

Well if you smuglyarranged a business or Personal contract hire or car leasing agreementa car emitting less than 120g/km of CO2 and thought you were in for a life free of congestion charging think again. Boris reckons free entry to the congestion zone for low-emission cars would see 10,000 extra vehicles using it every day and won't allow exemptions.

In another voter friendly promise the mayor says heis going toreinstate the tidal flow system through the Blackwall tunnel. The sudden cessation of an extra northbound contraflow lane through the eastern tunnel in 2007 caused mayhem for commuters in the south east of the capital, overnight creating a congestion nightmare.

Boris has promised that through consultation with the Metropolitan Police he will be able to reopen the extra northbound lane shortly. Not all are happy though and those who travel south through the tunnel in the morning are dismayed at a return to being squashed down into a single lane.

So we'll see over the coming months which of Boris' dreams will become reality and which will stay in the realm of fantasy. Best described as car friendlier, than car friendly per se, it remains to be seen how he'll fair against aggressively anti-car councils like Richmond in the south west of the city.

And if you think this is all too London-centric then beware - local authorities all over the country watch what goes on in the capital closely. And the success or otherwise of Boris' policies will have an impact on drivers all over the country. To be continued.