Transport written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account is being taken of the special needs of drivers with disabilities in the forthcoming road pricing scheme pilots; and what lessons have been learned from the experience in London of the congestion charge.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

The Secretary of State announced in a written ministerial statement on 8 February 2007, Hansard, column 47WS, the publication of guidance for local authorities interested in developing business cases for funding from the Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) for local schemes to tackle congestion. The road pricing section of this guidance covers exemptions and discounts. The Department has not drawn any conclusions from the London Congestion Charge on the treatment of drivers with disabilities. Any authorities putting forward local pricing schemes will need to have considered such issues, taking account of local circumstances.

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