The really poor do not own cars. A third of all households do not have a car. They could be the big winners of John Prescott's congestion charging proposals. The money raised from congestion charging would be used to improve walking, cycling and public transport - the modes of transport on which poor people most depend.
And if congestion charging produces the expected fall in traffic levels, it is low-income households which will benefit most from the consequent reduction in noise and pollution, as a disproportionate number of poor people live in the vicinity of main roads.
Joint Co-ordinator Lambeth Public Transport Group
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