I submitted the following petition to Downing Street site and its gone live!
If you agree, please sign the following petition regarding the charges made to residents inside the congestion zone and pass it on to anyone you know within the old and new zones. If anyone knows any councillors or MPs or groups etc., please pass on too. Thanks
The petition reads:
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ensure that the Congestion Charge Discount for Residents within the zone, is a real 95% discount as promised and not the 50% bulk discount that has actually been given.
Whether you are a supporter or not of the congestion zone, that fact is, that residents in the zone have been tricked into believing that they would get a 95% discount.
On closer examination they have been forced to buy and pay for 5 consecutive days at a time. A single journey on one day will cost will cost £4. This is not a 95% discount, but a bulk purchase discount.
It is objectionable that departments of state should use such underhand marketing tactics when proposing new policies. We have no objection to paying a min. amount of £4 per transaction, but the days purchased should NOT BE CONSECUTIVE but usable ad hoc.
There is no valid reason to make the days consecutive other than revenue collection. In fact the policy as it stands encourages discount users to make the most days purchased and INCREASE CONGESTION.
All those affected ask that the ‘Mayor of London’ and ‘Transport for London’ change the policy for residents, so that the 95% discount is a REAL 95% discount.