Sadiq Khan was beaten up for threatening to charge non-Londoners £ 3.50 for driving in the capital unless he was allowed to withhold £ 500m from London car taxes.
The mayor claimed it was unfair that the vehicle excise tax levied by drivers in the city was mainly spent elsewhere.
He suggested that a program like the Greater London Boundary Charge could reduce journeys by up to 15 percent and raise £ 500 million a year.
Mr Khan hinted that he could charge people more for driving less environmentally friendly vehicles over the threshold to force them to switch to cleaner models.
The Greater London Conservatives called his proposals “devastating”, saying they would “hammer struggling businesses” and “hurt the poorest”.
Tory member Tony Devenish proposed it as a tax on “enjoying our capital across the country” and called Mr. Khan “a wicked little man”.
An independent review of the future funding of Transport for London found that a tax on non-Londoners in the city could boost traffic, emissions and raise money.
The mayor said it was unfair that the vehicle excise tax levied by drivers in the city was mainly spent elsewhere
The Labor Mayor said: “Ministers have failed to play fair on Londoners when it comes to funding our world-famous transport system. It is high time you did so.
“Londoners pay a £ 500 million vehicle excise tax each year which is then spent on maintaining roads outside the capital.
“In London, it’s not fair that our drivers subsidize the rest of the country’s roads and get nothing in return.”
Car excise tax is currently levied on drivers who live in London but mainly spend outside the capital.
Mr Khan wants TfL to withhold the £ 500 million a year to help close TfL’s financial black hole caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
He suggested that a program like the Greater London Boundary Charge could cut journeys by as much as 15 percent and raise £ 500 million a year (central London file photo).
Public transport in and around the city was abandoned for months as most companies let their employees work from home to avoid the virus spreading.
Officials are looking into whether a new Greater London border fee could apply to non-Londoners, with the money pumped back into city services.
However, the program would take up to two years to roll out, which means it would not be ready until after London recovers from the crisis.
The plan calls for drivers with out-of-town vehicles to pay as soon as they enter counties like Croydon, Enfield, Hillingdon and Havering.
The implementation of the changes and any infrastructure is currently being examined, but camera coverage is already in place at the Greater London Boundary for the Low Emission Zone.
The program would take up to two years to roll out, which means it would not be ready until after London recovers from the crisis
Mr. Khan said: “The government must allow London to keep its stake in the VED and properly support the capital’s transport system as it does in other world cities.
“It’s not just about transportation – ministers are constantly distributing money in a number of different areas that Londoners cannot access, which is extremely unfair.
“If ministers are unwilling to play fair, we need to consider other options to combat this injustice, such as: B. Asking people living outside London and traveling to the Greater London area by car to pay a modest fee that would be reinvested on the London transport network.
“As the independent review shows, we cannot expect public transport tariff payers to subsidize road maintenance costs.”
But the plan was torn apart by other members of the London Assembly who labeled it “devastating” and said it would hit the poorest hard.
Keith Prince, spokesman for GLA Conservative Transport, said: “Sadiq Khan’s proposal to accuse people of going to the capital would be devastating for Outer London.
“Not only would it get into trouble for businesses that rely on trade from people outside of London, it would hurt the poorest who drive to work and visit friends and family.
“Instead of introducing a criminal complaint to fix TfL’s finances, the mayor should reduce the waste of the transport network.”
‘Sadiq Khan could save millions of pounds by reforming TfL’s pensions, cutting time to union facilities and scrapping unaffordable perks.
‘Coronavirus isn’t the only reason for TfL’s financial crisis. It is time for the mayor to take responsibility for his mismanagement and bring TfL waste under control.
‘There is bipartisan support for the transfer of the vehicle excise tax to the town hall. This would raise £ 500 million to help TfL maintain our city’s road and transport network.
“The mayor should focus on securing this change for London rather than filing criminal charges that would do more harm than good.”
Tory GLA member Devenish added, “A tax on the enjoyment of our capital across the country. @SadiqKhan is a mean little man. ‘
Taxpayers were similarly outraged by the move. One said online: “I think every other country in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland should charge Londoners to drive in our areas.”
Pamela Yates wrote: “Life also depends on making a living and not spending all of our income on your crazy street plans.
“Millions of tax dollars have been given to you to save TfL and the unions. Now would you like us to pay more? Choose Shaun Bailey. ‘
Steve Grant said, “The man is more like a robber baron than a mayor. And Al Priestman added: “I live less than 200 meters from the G London border.
“I have to enter it and drive through maybe 20 meters before I leave the zone again. Does that mean I have to pay £ 3.50 for the privilege? ‘
Up to 1.3 million vehicles travel to London every week, and one million to the suburbs.
In these areas, traffic has returned faster – up to 90 percent – since the pandemic began in March than in the inner city.
The independent review of the future funding of Transport for London found it required an investment of £ 2.2 billion per year.
But it also means that TfL has to show that cost control is at the fore of the organization.
It states: “We conclude that a greater diversity of sources of income is needed not only to increase the diversity of funding flows, but also to ensure that all beneficiaries of the system contribute.”
The review also notes that, unlike Highways England, which maintains the rest of the network, TfL does not pay a car excise duty.
The document says: “We have focused on three groups to provide additional funding: residents, consumers and drivers.
“These could provide scalable contributions that, in addition to grants and smaller interventions (e.g. a piece of VED), could close the funding gap.”
It adds: “Increases in road user charges, a contribution to VAT and an additional tax rule from the Council are options that should be developed in more detail.
“Some service cuts and retirement plan rationalizations, as well as real estate exploitation and a slice of VED will help too.”
John Dickie, Director of Strategy and Policy at London First, said: ‘The independent panel’s welcome report is a creative show of how we pay for our transport services in London.
‘The pandemic broke TfL’s funding model, which is too dependent on its tariffs.
“We are likely to need a number of measures to close the loophole and the border fee, which the mayor of TfL is having investigated in detail, could certainly be part of such a package.
“London can rise to the challenge – but the central government must give the London government the power to do the job.”
TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said the results of the review showed the capital “got a rough deal” and called for the operating grant to be returned.
Transport Union chief Cortes said: “We welcome the fact that proposals are being made to stop Transport for London (TfL) from becoming overly dependent on the tariff box.
The report rightly points out that the funding of TfL differs significantly from other major world cities and is more dependent on fare revenues.
“This is something that the union has valued for years. In other words – London is getting a raw deal on funding, with badly cut budgets and more planned.
‘This is thanks to Boris Johnson, who, as Mayor, agreed to scrap London’s operating grant for transportation.
“If that hadn’t happened, we’d be in a much better position now to look to the future.
“The report is clear – things have to change if we are to have an effective and safe transport system in our capital.
‘The operating grant needs to be reinstated as, as the report’s authors point out, TfL faces a spending gap of around £ 2 billion per year on top of operating costs.
“The only thing our union will not tolerate is our members attacking their terms, including their pensions.
“These brave workers have been at the forefront of keeping our capital moving in the face of the pandemic and cannot lose by doing so.
“As our Mayor of London Sadiq Khan rightly says, ministers must be played fairly by the Londoners.”
Last week, Mr Khan was asked to suspend the £ 15 daily congestion charge over Christmas to give businesses some respite during an important time of year.
Shaun Bailey, the Tory candidate to replace Mr Khan in the May election, said the 12-day deadline could be paid off from millions of fines received in fines during the pandemic.
Shaun Bailey, the Tory candidate to replace Mr Khan in the May election, said last week that the 12-day deadline could be paid off by the congestion fee from fines during the pandemic
He estimates the cost of removal within 12 days is £ 10million resulting from the additional £ 25.6million fines after the fee was extended over the summer.
Mr Bailey said the temporary hiring would help promote football for companies already hit by nine months of coronavirus shutdown and restriction.
He said, “Companies have had an incredibly tough year. They had an unprecedented pandemic, two lockdowns, and a mayor who raised the congestion fee to £ 15 a day.
“So it is time for Sadiq Khan to embrace the festive season and completely suspend the congestion fee for the Christmas twelve days.
‘This would help companies offset some of the revenue they lost due to the coronavirus and the increase in congestion fees. It would also encourage families to get out and shop.
“Yeah, it’s not a complete solution, but it’s the least Sadiq Khan can do if he’s grinning himself for the past few months.”
He estimates the cost of eliminating the fee at £ 10m in the 12 days amortized from the additional £ 25.6m in fines received after the fee was extended over the summer
The congestion charge was previously set at £ 11.50 per day and was only charged during weekday peak hours.
But in June Mayor Khan raised it to £ 15 and extended its use to evenings and weekends.
He said he was forced to make the increase under an agreement with ministers to shore up transportation for London’s finances during the initial lockdown.
And last month he said the government had forced him to keep the congestion fee at £ 15 as part of another £ 1.6 billion bailout.
At the time, it was revealed that the “temporary” hike raised £ 100 million in the summer.
Congestion fee income rose 44 percent from £ 68.1 million to £ 98.3 million between May and September compared to the same period last year.
It is expected to stay in effect seven days a week to cover the cost of free travel for children under 18 and Londoners over 60.
Mr Bailey has vowed to dismiss the charges if he is elected next May.