Car entering London's Congestion Charge zone [Image: Flickr user jovike]
TfL has laid down a list of criteria a vehicle would have to meet in order to be exempt. The good news is that pure-electric vehicles would be automatically exempt.
Plug-in hybrid vehicles would need to emit below 75 g/km of CO2, and have an all-electric range of greater than 10 miles. That means cars like the Prius Plug-In, with its 15-mile European EV range, will remain exempt.
While many will undoubtedly welcome London's plans to become a cleaner city--it's currently one of the most polluted in Europe--disincentivizing some of the existing cleaner vehicles seems like a step backwards.
Surely, it would make more sense to try and dissuade some of the more polluting vehicles from entering, or invest more heavily in cleaner, range-extended and hybrid buses and taxis?
What are your thoughts on London's proposed Congestion Charge rules? Do you think it's for the greater good, or is it simply a kick in the teeth to all those who've already made the effort to buy greener vehicles?