Business community relieved as Boris scraps C-charge exemption on small carsJuly 8, 2008
Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said today that the business community will be relieved that proposals to allow small cars in road tax bands A and B into the congestion charging zone for free have been removed. She said:
“Thank goodness Boris has made TfL see sense on this one. There’s a big job to do to tackle congestion which damages business competitiveness and makes life a misery for Londoners. The last thing we needed was to discourage people from using buses, tubes, cycles and motorbikes by subsidising the use of small cars. Reducing congestion is the best way to cut both air pollution and CO2 emissions.”
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Notes to Editors
London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First mobilises the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure.
London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s higher education institutions as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent 26% of London’s GDP.