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|Livingstone Boosts Congestion Charge Company
- New incentives introduced for fines
KEN LIVINGSTONE plans to boost the income of the contractor operating the Congestion Charge by offering fine-collection incentives.
The Mayor and Transport for London's new scheme has been prompted by the 38 per cent fall in motorists entering the capital, a figure far higher than the predicted 10-15 per cent.
In order to improve projected profits generated for private company Capita, the mayor has agreed to pay UKP4.90 for every fine dealt with successfully. Currently, one in four CC offenders evades the resultant fine. If Capita could up this rate, they stand to earn an extra UKP31 million over the four and half years remaining in its TfL contract.
But the Conservative candidate for Mayor is less concerned about the finances of Capita than of public transport schemes. "The more successful the scheme... the less money available for public transport," said Steve Norris. Livingstone and TfL argue that the UKP31 million does not represent cash switched from other areas of public transport but more money generated through more efficient fine collection.