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London still has a long way to go in the adoption of electric buses

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on today’s announcement that the bus routes 507 and 521 will become the first in central London to exclusively run all-electric buses by the end of the year, said:

"I very much welcome the adoption of more electric buses in London.

“However, the Mayor and TfL should refrain from making boastful claims about the adoption of electric buses, especially as today’s announcement is merely confirming a decision made over a year ago.

Stop private hire discrimination against people with assistance dogs

The London Assembly has backed the Guide Dogs for the Blind campaign to ensure that there are far more effective sanctions against private hire drivers who refuse access to assistance dogs.

The Assembly agreed a unanimous motion calling for this to be penalised with a level 4 fine, in keeping with offences such as ticket touting.

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, who proposed the motion, said:

“Although the law is crystal clear that it is a criminal offence for taxi and private hire drivers to refuse access to disabled people with assistance dogs, it is sadly the case that such discrimination takes place far too often, especially in relation to private hire drivers.

£1.5m wasted on fire stations that could have been kept open

As the Mayor revealed figures showing that £1.5m has been spent in maintaining fire stations that were closed down in 2014, Caroline Pidgeon commented:

"This waste of public money is a further insult to everyone who fought against the closure of these stations.”

Read the full story at the Evening Standard.

Garden Bridge Trust is avoiding questions about its funding

Speaking to the Guardian about the the five-month delay by the Garden Bridge Trust in publishing its accounts, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“I suspect that the Garden Bridge Trust is using administrative tidiness as a desperate excuse to postpone publishing their accounts.

Radical measures to tackle air pollution cannot come soon enough

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting ahead of the Mayor’s launch of proposals to clean up London’s toxic air which are being announced on the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Clean Air Act said:

“Radical measures to tackle air pollution cannot come soon enough in London.”

London must be given more say over how its taxes are spent

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on Sadiq Khan’s speech today calling on the capital to be given more powers over how it spends the money it makes said:

“I stand shoulder to shoulder with the Mayor in his call for more devolution of powers to London and most importantly greater say over how taxes raised in the capital are spent.

On the River Thames

Caroline Pidgeon AM met with Thames Tideway Tunnel project officers for a trip along the River Thames to look at some of the sites where major works will take place to build the Tunnel. The Tunnel will remove sewage from London in a modern way, rather than the current situation which means when it rains heavily, sewage is washed into the River Thames.

Past failings by Boris Johnson on housing must now be addressed

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on Sadiq Khan’s description of the previous Mayor’s ‘Concordat’ scheme to supposedly stop developers advertising London homes abroad first for overseas buyers as ‘toothless’ said:

“Sadiq Khan is absolutely right to criticise the weak measures adopted by the previous Mayor.

Say goodbye to the EU, say goodbye to the benefits of the European Investment Bank

Writing for Liberal Democrat Voice, Caroline Pidgeon described the role of the EU's European Investment Bank in funding British public infrastructure projects:

I was first alerted to how significant its lending was when I read the papers going to the Transport for London (TfL) Board last September. I discovered TfL had entered into a new £1 billion corporate loan with the EIB to support investment in a number of projects, including station upgrades, track renewals and cycle superhighways.

Time to investigate foreign home ownership

The London Assembly has agreed a motion asking the Mayor to commission research into the effects of overseas investment on the London housing market.

With London property continuing to attract foreign buyers, Members determined that the Mayor now has a duty to analyse what impact this investment has on the price, affordability and supply of homes across the capital.

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, who proposed the motion said:

“To ensure we have the right policies in place to tackle London’s housing challenges we must first have a full understanding of the real impact that overseas investment is having on the price, affordability and supply of homes for Londoners.

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