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16/07/04
Christmas Cheer for Congestion Charge Payers
- Mayor plans to drop CC for festive period

LONDON Mayor Ken Livingstone announced that he is to push ahead with his manifesto commitment to scrap the Congestion Charge during the Christmas and New Year period.

It's only for three days and it's the quietest time in town on the roads, but the three day respite from the UKP5 fee could give a boost to restaurants, shops and theatres.

Drivers of 4x4s might have more to gain than most from the Mayor's boundless generosity as it looks like they could be paying double the rate in normal times. Livingstone recently called 4x4 drivers "idiots" and now he has been backed in his anti-off roader campaign by the Liberal Democrats.

The Lib Dems have called for a UKP10 charge to be levied on 4x4s. "4x4 vehicles in city centres are a danger to pedestrians, a potential hazard to other road users, can cause more damage than any other type of car, and take up more road space," said Lib Dem transport spokesperson Lynne Featherstone.

"The Mayor stuck his neck out with the congestion charge but he is burying his head in the sand when it comes to implementing improvements."




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