Britain's Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders has called for an extension of the consultation period for changes to the Congestion Charge, reports The Auto Channel. Following an independent report which states that changes to the scheme will neither reduce congestion not C02 emissions, the body has called for further consultation before any action is taken:
TfL's own figures claim a CO2 saving of up to 8,100 tonnes under the plan to base central London charges on car CO2 emissions. That compares to total ground-based transport emissions in London of 9.7 million tonnes. In other words, the maximum benefit for the capital would be a CO2 reduction of just 0.084 per cent.