New plans to reduce the number of vehicles could see London drivers face a pay-per-mile-road charge. These charges are expected to reduce the level of congestion and harmful pollution within the capital. This wide-ranging strategy expected to be announced by London Mayor today will consider billing the motorists depending on the distance traveled to push them to use public transport. This is expected to increase the proportion of journeys made by the public transport from 64% to 80% and cut 3m vehicles a day. It will also replace the 11.50 pounds congestion charge that is levied irrespective of distance traveled or the time used while driving.
Due to the concerns that poor quality air is killing thousands, motorists who drive more unsafe vehicles will have to pay higher fees. Other proposals are expected to include healthy routes which will give a priority to pedestrians and cyclists and see many vehicles banned. Although it’s the first pay as you go road policy system, it’s a major step towards the transport policy. This policy has been mooted by the government for more than 50 years but has always been rejected with the fear that it will be unpopular with vehicle owners.
According to Sadiq Khan, Transport for London would work with London boroughs to devise other management policies that could include localized systems that put a levy on motorists who drive to the workplace or individual area. The mayor also promises to provide thousands of parking spaces and make the system carbon free by 2050. He further said that this is a fresh long-term vision for the capital and one that emphasizes on walking and zero emission of carbon. He argued that they have to make using your car the most affordable and safest way for those who are going about their normal activities. This is very important in dealing with congestion, reducing the amount of pollution that’s emitted and improving the health of all Londoners
Other proposals also include restricting car parks in residential areas so that residents can consider using other green alternatives. The London mayor’s office explained that this strategy would explore the next generation of charging that will use new technology to better reflect time, emissions, distance, and road danger. This will include a single per mile charge that factors in emissions and congestion objective. According to this policy, drivers of petrol cars manufactured before 2006 and diesel cars made before 2015 could face the levy.
However, Edmund King the president of AA claimed that it’s just a road pricing scheme since it’s very hard to sell it to the public. According to him, the danger lies in the fact that the drivers don’t trust the government to come up with a workable scheme that will benefit them. More so, an Alliance of Drivers has indicated that they are totally opposed to the policy which according to them is an intrusion on motorists. A spokesman said that motorists are already paying a lot of taxes that should be enough to the treasury. Although Sadiq Khan admitted that it has been very difficult few weeks in London they must move on even if it means pushing forward to keep Londoners safe.