Motoring groups have written to London mayor Sadiq Khan in the first stage of a possible legal challenge against his decision to increase the central London congestion charge last month.
The potential judicial review action is being taken by FairFuelUK and the Alliance of British Drivers, with legal representation from Black Antelope (LTT 12 Jun). They say the mayor should have consulted before increasing the level of the charge and extending its hours of operation.
The mayor suspended the congestion charge in March, along with the low emission and ultra-low emission zones, because of Covid-19.
When they were reinstated on 22 June the congestion charge was temporarily raised to £15 a day, up from £11.50, and the hours of operation were temporarily extended to 07.00 to 22.00 seven days a week. It previously operated from 07.00 to 18.00 on Mondays to Fridays only.
The mayor is also closing the residents’ discount to new applicants from 1 August 2020.
The reintroduction of the congestion charge, low emission zone, and ultra-low emission zone, were conditions of the Government’s £1.6bn rescue package for Transport for London announced in May. Transport secretary Grant Shapps’ letter to Khan said the mayor should also “urgently bring forward proposals to widen the scope and levels of these charges”.
But the DfT has told Black Antelope the decisions to temporarily raise the congestion charge and extend its hours were taken by the mayor.
Khan said on 6 July that, because the changes were temporary and taken in the exceptional circumstances of Covid-19, “it was not practicable or required to conduct a formal lengthy consultation”. “Nonetheless, TfL and I invited responses from stakeholders and the public to understand their views. Approximately 14,000 emails and letters were received through the TfL ‘yoursay’ email address and the Greater London Authority.”
TfL told LTT any permanent changes to the congestion charge would require consultation.
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