Mayor answers to London
Question by Angie Bray
The final quote I will tell you, We are increasingly feeling picked on for the crime of being a nuclear family with children. That is their view of how you treat them.
Let me just ask you other question which I think is another interesting way that you have arrived at this one size fits all and is really affecting too many people. Band G cars before 2000, some of them can prove to have the emissions that would get them under the wire as far as your £25 or £8 charge is concerned but you have scooped them up all and dumped them into Band G and they have to pay the full £25 regardless of whether their cars emit above or below your threshold. Wouldnt it be fairer to allow them to have their emissions checked, even if they had to pay for it themselves, and if it could be proved that their cars are not emitting above your threshold that they ought to be treated fairly and allowed to pay the lesser charge?
Answer by Ken Livingstone (2nd Term)
That seems a wholly reasonable point. I am quite happy to ask TfL to examine it as a possibility. The objective is to reduce emissions. It tends to be with the older cars the emissions are normally very high. I quite accept there might be one or two we have missed that are below that 225 figure.