THE RHA has responded to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s announcement that the capital’s Congestion Charge will increase on Monday 22 June, calling it nothing short of a ‘cash grab’.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: ‘With last week’s news that the UK economy contracted by a record amount, Transport for London needs to take a more sustainable approach to goods moving around the capital, one which recognises that environmental and social wellbeing depends on economic wellbeing!

‘Simply increasing the charge without mitigating its impact on business fundamentally ignores that principle and will put even more pressure on the firms driving London’s economic recovery.’

‘In short, this is a cash grab on business.’

Last month the RHA called on the mayor to exempt goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes from the Congestion Charge saying it would simplify operations and save money for the sector’s customers.

From Monday 22 June the Congestion Charge will increase to £15 and it will operate between 07.00hrs–22.00hrs, seven days a week.