26 September 2001

The Transport Select Committee has decided to undertake a short inquiry into urban charging schemes intended to reduce road traffic congestion.  The Committee will consider several different urban charging schemes, and in particular the congestion charging scheme to be introduced into central London

Witnesses are invited to submit brief memoranda to the Committee before Tuesday 15 October 2002.  It is unlikely that memoranda submitted after this date will be published. Witnessesd who wish their memoranda to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee clerk in advance.

The Committee will wish to consider:

  • The benefits the schemes will bring and how those will be measured;

  • The process of introducing charging schemes;

  • The level of charge and use of the revenue raised from urban charging schemes; and

  • The current and future technology requirements of urban charging schemes.

Witnesses are requested to submit memoranda of up to six A4 pages on computer disk in either ASCII, Word or Word Perfect 8 with a single additional hard copy; witnesses without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.