Smart, fair road pricing scheme investigation

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

What work has Transport for London (TfL) undertaken to investigate the future design and implementation of possible smart, fair, London-wide road-pricing schemes?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My Transport Strategy sets out our approach to paying for road use. Transport for London (TfL) is keeping the Congestion Charge and other road user charges under review, including investigating whether there are ways to better reflect distance driven, emissions, congestion, road danger and other factors in an integrated way.

Now that we have successfully delivered the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London, however, our first priority for road user charging has to be expanding the ULEZ to inner London – an area 18 times bigger that the central zone – in 2021. This will result in enormous benefits for London but will also be a considerable practical challenge.

New technologies could offer the potential for even more sophisticated models of paying for road use but any future proposals would need to be preceded by detailed feasibility work and be subject to consultation with stakeholders and the public.