NHS Staff – Carparking Charges

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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Photo of Navin Shah Navin Shah Labour

Do you support proposals for 200 per cent hike in hospital parking fees recently reported in the Mail on Sunday? It is not clear when the plan will be implemented but is there any way NHS staff in London can be protected from the hike?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Health and care staff have worked tirelessly to support people through this public health crisis. I do not support huge increases in hospital parking charges during the pandemic, which penalises frontline staff who need to drive to work to reduce risk, or because of their shift patterns.

Decisions about parking charges are made by local organisations who retain the revenue.  The article referred specifically to King’s College Hospital. I understand King’s are planning to increase the cost of staff parking but will not start charging during the pandemic.

I want to significantly reduce all road traffic. Evidence from the first lockdown showed dramatic improvements in air quality as a result of the halving of traffic in London. But Londoners deserve clean air at all times. I want to eradicate air pollution permanently and ensure the gains we’ve made through policies such as ULEZ continue.