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Move to freeze London bus fares and make motorists pay instead

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:26 05 October 2010

AN ATTEMPT is being made to freeze London bus fares in the wake of this week’s huge rise by making motorists pay more. London Assembly member Darren Johnson is aiming to amend the Mayor’s draft budget by switching the revenue burden onto car owners

By Mike Brooke

AN ATTEMPT is being made to freeze London bus fares in the wake of this week’s huge rise by making motorists pay more.

London Assembly member Darren Johnson is aiming to amend the Mayor’s draft budget by switching the revenue burden onto car owners.

He is hoping the £75 million that the Mayor is raising from the 12 per cent average increase would, instead, be earned mostly from Congestion tolls and reinstating the £25 daily charge on high petrol-consuming four-wheel drive vehicles.

“I want to see the Mayor protecting poorer Londoners by freezing bus fares and making those who pollute more, pay more,” he said.

“A large part the deficit is created by vanity projects such as scrapping bendy’ buses and dropping charges designed to discourage polluting cars.”

His proposed budget amendment includes £40m from motoring tolls and £20m from keeping the Congestion Zone western extension which is being scrapped at the end of the year.


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