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Drivers could pay per mile for driving in London as Mayor cracks down on car use

London boroughs may be able to introduce localised congestion zones in town centres

The Mayor's Transport Strategy heavily focused on cracking down on emissions(Image: Getty Images)

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has released his Draft Transport Strategy which could lead to motorists facing heavy charges for driving anywhere in London.

Alongside the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) already planned by the Mayor, the option of making drivers pay per-mile has been raised.

The Mayor has also said that boroughs will be given the opportunity to consider whether they would like to implement a localised congestion zone in their town centres to reduce traffic.

Sadiq Khan also said that future housing developments may face limitations on parking but car club schemes will be encouraged for drivers who make infrequent journeys.

The mayor believes limiting parking in new housing developments will mean more Londoners giving up their cars for car clubs and public transport(Image: PA)

The proposals are all part of a big effort by the Mayor to have 80% of journeys being completed by foot, cycling or public transport by 2041.

Currently 64% of journeys are made without cars, meaning a reduction of three million car journeys a day at the same time as London's population is expected to grow from 8.7million to 10.5million.

While the Congestion Charge will remain in place, the scheme has been put under review to account for increases in traffic on evenings and weekends, partially caused by an increase in private hire vehicles.

The Mayor is consulting of bringing forward the ULEZ to 2019 and expanding the zone to include all areas withing the North and South Circular by 2021.

The charge will be applied throughout Greater London on all heavy diesel vehicles including buses, coaches and lorries by 2020.

Drivers of petrol cars must meet Euro 4 standards and diesel drivers will need to meet Euro 6 standards to avoid the £12.50 charge for driving in the ULEZ.

That means drivers of petrol cars made before 2006 and diesel cars from before September 2015 are likely to face the levy.

Despite the ULEZ being the same as the Congestion Charge Zone when it launches, drivers will have to pay both.

The ULEZ area will be the same as the Congestion Charge Zone but drivers of polluting vehicles will need to pay both(Image: PA)

There is also a toxic charge of 'T-Charge' being introduced in October on any petrol or diesel vehicle that does not meet Euro 4 standards.

Mr Khan said: It has been an incredibly difficult few weeks for London, but we must carry on as a city and that means pushing forward our work to keep Londoners moving around our city.

"As London’s population is set to increase beyond 10 million, our future health and prosperity is more and more dependent on us reducing our reliance on cars.

Sadiq Khan wants 80% of journeys in London to be made on foot, by cycle or on Public Transport(Image: PA)

“We have to be ambitious in changing how our city works. While there will be five million additional journeys being made across our transport network by 2041, at the same time we’re setting ourselves a bold target of reducing car journeys by 3 million every day.

“In launching my first Transport Strategy today, I’ll be setting out wide-ranging plans for making cycling and walking safe and accessible in every neighbourhood, transforming our bus network, and ensuring new housing is built not around car use, but designed directly around access to public transport links instead.

“We have to make not using your car the affordable, safest and most convenient option for Londoners going about their daily lives. This is not only essential for dealing with congestion as London grows, but crucial for reducing our toxic air pollution, and improving the health of all Londoners.”

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