The London Mayor’s announcement of the removal of the Congestion Charge exemption for private hire operators has caused outrage within the industry.
It was revealed yesterday (19 December), that Sadiq Khan has confirmed PH vehicles will have to pay the charge when entering London from next year, unless their vehicle is zero emission capable.
The Licensed Private Hire Car Association (LPHCA) has spoken out and confirmed it will fight the Mayor’s decision.
Chairman Steve Wright told TheChauffeur.com; “This in our view is discriminatory and we will do everything we can to challenge this disappointing decision.”
He added; “The LPHCA formally rejected Transport for London proposals to start to Congestion Charge London’s PHVs when we first discovered the plans to remove the exemption. We have also been in touch with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), disabled groups and many others to outline the damage this would cause if it came into effect.”
The association will be working with as many key organisations as possible to highlight its belief that removing the Congestion Charge exemption for Private Hire drivers in London is unfair, nor going to reduce congestion.