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BVRLA will continue to fight London Congestion Charge increase

  • 02 June 2014
  • By Hayley Pink

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has lambasted the decision to increase the London Congestion Charge as being “unjustified” and a tax on essential business users who have no choice but to drive in the capital.

Following Transport for London’s (TfL) announcement last week that the standard daily charge would rise 15% on 16 June from £10 to £11.50, while the fleet user charge would increase nearly 17% from £9 to £10.50, BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said he is disappointed TfL has ignored his organisation’s calls to reverse the decision.

“We will continue to fight this battle on behalf of our members and their customers, who operate the cleanest, safest vehicles on UK roads,” he added.

TfL said the fee increase, which is the first rise since 2011, will ensure the Congestion Charge remains a relative deterrent to all but the most essential journeys into central London, as well as contributing £82.7m in the next five years for re-investment in the capital’s roads infrastructure and transport networks.

The price increase follows a 10-week public consultation, which closed at the end of March.

BVRLA members represent one in four trucks and one in seven vans on UK roads.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/bvrla-will-continue-to-fight-london-congestion-charge-increase