Law firm Black Antelope says they have been approached by a “well recognised pressure group” to pursue action against the Mayor of London. It comes after the Director of the firm, Shaheen Mamun, issued a pre-action protocol letter against the Mayor after news of the increase.
“From the local market trader who say they will lose all their customers to police officers who feel unjustly left out within the scope of exemption.
“Most importantly, we have been approached by a well-recognised pressure group who intend to pursue further action against the Mayor of London with us in order to hold him to account for this unfair policy.”
Congestion charges will rise from £11.50 to £15 per day from Monday while the scheme will be extended to run from 7am until 10pm.
The Mayor of London decision notice signed by Saqiq Khan says a funding package was agreed with the Department for Transport in May 2020.
The notice says this addressed issues relevant to the role Transport for London (TfL) should play in supporting the restart programme.
Under the government’s requests TfL is to reinstate road user charging schemes and “bring forward proposals to widen the scope”.
On the basis of the review, TfL proposed temporary changes to fees and timings needed to be introduced.
The order also states: “The Exceptional Variation Order provides for temporary changes to the Congestion Charging Scheme and that TfL is to keep these changes under review.”