Lib Dem mayoral candidate plans pay-as-you-drive charging

The Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor is promising to introduce a new charging scheme to reduce road use in London, and also to scrap the Silvertown Tunnel project.

In her manifesto launched ahead of next month’s election, Luisa Porritt (pictured) says she will replace London’s “arbitrary system of multiple road use charges” with a single smart and fair pay as you go road pricing system.

“Drivers would be charged based on much they drive, how much pollution they create – with fair exemptions and discounts for special needs and work use,” she says. “This will clean up our air and raise funds for our public transport network in a fairer way than the congestion charge.”

She also says the current mayor is committed to spending £2 billion on the “polluting” Silvertown Road Tunnel in East London and that Liberal Democrats will scrap the Silvertown Tunnel project and commit to greener transport projects, like the Bakerloo line extension or more cycling routes, instead.

There are 20 candidates for the election.

(Picture – Liberal Democrats)

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