TfL to axe PHV C-charge exemption
Transport for London has launched a consultation to axe the Congestion Charge discount offered to Prive Hire Vehicles from next April.
TfL said it wants to remove the discount to cut congestion on the capital’s roads and improve air quality within London, with the transport body claiming the number of PHVs entering the zone could drop by 45%.
It added that by removing the discount, bus journeys could be sped up as the vehicles will be less likely to be circulating inside the £11.50-a-day area.
Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning, said: ‘If we are to clean up the capital’s toxic air and tackle congestion in central London, we need to have the appropriate incentives as well as the right interventions.”
Car traffic hits new high
More miles were covered by cars in 2017 than any other year, official Government statistics have revealed.
According to the Department for Transport’s ‘Road Traffic Estimates: Great Britain 2017’ report, cars travelled 254.4 billion vehicle miles last year, a rise of 1.1% on 2016’s figures.
Van traffic was also revealed as the fastest-growing vehicle type, with LCV drivers covering 50.5 billion vehicle miles last year, a rise of 2.7% on 2016’s figures.
Brits oppose pavement parking ban
Just over half of all motorists are against a hypothetical UK-wide van on parking on pavements, survey results have revealed.
According to a poll of 500 drivers, 55% said they were against the proposed rule-change.
Currently, a ban on pavement parking exists in London, however there have been calls to extend the ban to the rest of the country.
“It could be that for some motorists it might be their only option, especially if they want to avoid blocking the road, but there is also the issue of the inconvenience that parking a car on a pavement can cause to pedestrians by obstructing their route,” said Harrison Woods, MD of Yourparkingspace, the company that commissioned the poll.