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Hike in London Congestion Charge is ‘tax rise on essential business users’, says BVRLA

Announced by Transport for London yesterday (29th May), the rise comes into effect from 16th June 2014 and will see the daily Congestion Charge price rise from £10 to £11.50 (or £10.50 if paid using CC Auto Pay or £14 if paid the next charging day). 

The increase follows a public consultation that took place earlier this year and, according to TfL, ‘will ensure the charge remains a relative deterrent to all but the most essential journeys into the centre of London, contributing an income of £82.7m over the course of the next five years, which will be re-invested into London’s transport network – including modernising London’s roads infrastructure’.

‘This 15% increase in the daily charge is unjustified and is in effect a tax rise on essential business users who have no choice but to drive in central London,’ said BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney. ‘We are disappointed that Transport for London has ignored our calls to reverse this decision, and will continue to fight this battle on behalf of our members and their customers, who operate the cleanest, safest vehicles on UK roads.’

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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