UK welcomes The Mayor of London's consultation on the future of the
Congestion Charge exemption for low CO2 emitting cars and
instigator of the Emission Equality Congestion Charge campaign, Volvo
Car UK has today welcomed The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson's decision
to launch a consultation on the existing Congestion Charge exemption for
hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles.
Under the current rules, the
Alternative Fuel Discount gives drivers of alternative fuel and hybrid
cars a 100% discount in London's Congestion Charge. It is Volvo's belief
that this method of discounting is now outdated as many modern
conventionally-engined cars, such as Volvo's S40 DRIVe – the current
What Car? Green Car of the Year – emitted less CO2 than most
Volvo had questioned what place an
emissions discount had in a congestion charge but, if a discount should
exist, called for fairness in any scheme so that it didn't bias one
particular technology over another.
Under The Mayor’s new ‘Greener Vehicle
Discount’ proposal, any cars registered after 1 January 2011 that emit
less than 100g/km of CO2 and meet the Euro V standard for air
quality will be exempt. In addition, and as a way of encouraging the
uptake of electric cars, the same exemption will apply to full battery
electric and plug-in hybrid cars.
Transport for London is inviting
feedback on the new proposals until 2 August 2010 via the TfL website:
a decision has been made, the results will be published, with any
changes taking effect from 4th January 2011.
Volvo already offers a sub-100g/km
Volvo C30 SportsCoupe. It has also shown a V70 estate with plug-in
hybrid technology that emits less than 50g/km CO2 – this
technology will be launched in 2012 – and prototype versions of a full
battery-electric C30. All three of these cars will be available for the
media to drive at the SMMT Test Day at Millbrook on Thursday 27 May.
In welcoming the announcement, Volvo
Car UK's Managing Director, Peter Rask, said: "When we started the
Emission Equality campaign, it was clear to us that the discounts
offered to hybrid and alternative fuel cars were out of date and unfair
to the many thousands of motorists who'd decided to take a different
technical route to achieving a lower level of emissions.
“On behalf of all manufacturers of
conventionally-powered low emission cars, all we asked The Mayor for was
a level playing field. I'm very pleased that this consultation has been
launched and the proposals could give Londoners a far broader choice of
low-emission cars in the future.”