London Assembly calls for car tax to fund Hammersmith Bridge repairs

From New Civil Engineer:

The London Assembly has called for London’s share of car tax revenue to be allocated to Transport for London (TfL) for use in maintaining the capital’s road network and funding projects like the Hammersmith Bridge repair.

At a London Assembly meeting yesterday, Assembly member Léonie Cooper claimed that London does not receive its fair share of road maintenance funding. She said the approximate £500M of car tax – or Vehicle Excise Duty – revenue raised in the capital goes towards funding road maintenance outside of the city.

“It funds road maintenance nowhere in London, no bridge in London gets anything from this money. We get nothing back from Highways England at all,” she said.

Read the whole article on the New Civil Engineer website

To be honest, I didn't think the proceeds of VED went into roads at all - the roads are funded from general taxation. But nevertheless:

A motion proposed in the meeting by Cooper - which pushed for the allocation of car tax revenue and called for a written request for funding to be sent to transport secretary Grant Shapps - was passed by 14 votes to six.

I can only imagine that if motorists actually did believe they were paying for the bridge to be repaired, they might feel that they have a right to drive across it - so I would say that this is a bad idea.

Posted on 11th September 2020

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