‘Drivers are an easy target’: Cab drivers slam car tax of eye-watering £27.50 a day

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Drivers from app firms such as Uber and Bolt are facing costs of £27.50 a day due to an increase of both Congestion Charge fees and the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) fees. Private hire company drivers are also facing increased costs.

If a private hire cab wants to take a passenger from the outskirts of the capital into central London, they would need to pay £15 for a congestion charge.

An additional £12.50 would be charged for the ULEZ tax if their vehicle does not meet the emissions standards.

The price increases have been in place since June 2020, with Transport for London (TfL) saying without changes car traffic could double after the first lockdown.

It was raised from £11.50 to £15.

At the time, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, said: “Coronavirus continues to present our city with unprecedented challenges but I am determined to ensure that we emerge from this pandemic with a cleaner, greener and more sustainable transport system.”

The temporary changes to the Congestion Charge expected to see trips taken by car fall by a third and pollutant emissions reduced by up to 11 percent in newly charged hours.

Despite the changes coming in 2020, passengers have only recently noticed the difference as people are starting to socialise again after lockdown restrictions eased.

Steve Garelick, regional officer in London for the GMB Union, commented on the driving habits.


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He said: “Drivers are faced with the charge and have to find a way to recover that cost, it’s just not possible.

“Even when you’ve got Uber adding £1.50 on to a fare for passengers (to help combat the cost), drivers still have to do 10 journeys to recover the £15.

“The drop in jobs is a combination of rising costs, not being able to get a battery-powered electric vehicle, the fact that passenger fares are not as they should be and commissions.

“It’s the perfect storm.

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