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TfL congestion charge changes 'still prohibitive for private hire drivers'

28 Jul 2021
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GMB Union will seek a removal of this charge for low paid workers and private hire drivers in London

GMB, the union for private hire drivers, has responded to TfL’s consultation on the congestion charge. 

Steve Garelick, GMB Organiser, said: 

“TFL's consultation could leave many low paid workers at a loss where public transport is not an option. 

“The cost of the congestion charge will still be prohibitive for private hire drivers. 

TFL's consultation could leave many low paid workers at a loss where public transport is not an option. A £15.00 daily charge means some journeys cost more for the driver than the passenger.

Steve Garelick, GMB Organiser

“A £15.00 daily charge means some journeys cost more for the driver than the passenger. 

“Meanwhile private hire drivers – already ravaged by the pandemic, can ill-afford the change to full electric, given the paucity of low-cost vehicles and the infancy of the second-hand market. 

“The one silver lining is for the night-time sector, which can hopefully start to bloom after a disastrous period during the pandemic that has seen job losses and closures. 

“GMB will seek a removal of this charge for low paid workers and private hire drivers in London."

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