Congestion Charge Consultation (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 23rd September 2020.

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Photo of Shaun Bailey Shaun Bailey Conservative

For the Congestion Charge increase proposals consultation – please provide a copy of the responses to the consultation?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

In total, more than 14,000 emails and letters were received in response to the call for expressions of views on the proposed temporary changes to the Congestion Charge.

Transport for London (TfL) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) may make responses to consultations publicly available, however, any personal data must be kept confidential. Responses may also be subject to publication or disclosure in accordance with requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

In order to provide these responses to you, TfL and GLA officers would need to redact the personal data included in each of the 14,000 responses. This would require considerable staff time and effort at a critical time when resources should not be diverted from core activities. Any request for the responses under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 would be refused on this basis.

I do not, therefore, intend to ask TfL and the GLA to provide a copy of the responses to you. The themes raised in the responses were comprehensively summarised in the Mayoral Decision form (in both the decision document and Integrated Impact Assessment), which is publicly available here: https://www.london.gov.uk/decisions/md2648-temporary-changes-congestion-charge