MAGIC, Ford’s free information service for disabled and mature drivers, today launches a new campaign to urge disabled motorists to claim a discount from the Central London congestion charge.
The campaign is aimed at encouraging disabled drivers to register for a 100% discount from the toll scheme, well before it comes into effect on 17 February 2003.
Orange/Blue badge holders, of which there are over 216,000 in London, won’t have to pay anything, as long as their details are pre-registered on/or before 24 December 2002. MAGIC is working with Transport for London to gather this data.
Anyone, who registers after this date will have to make a one-off registration payment of £10.00, which will also entitle them to unlimited travel in the charging zone. MAGIC will also be writing to thousands of London-based disabled drivers to inform them of the steps they can take to avoid paying the congestion charge.
Peter Kemp, Chairman, National Forum of Wheelchair User Groups has welcomed the campaign: “If you’re disabled and drive a car in the capital or rely on someone else who does, it is important that you know how the Central London congestion charge will affect you.
“A quick call to MAGIC will put you in the picture instantly and let you know what you need to do to avoid having to pay the toll.”
Disabled drivers or those on the Motability Scheme, who’d like more information about the Central London congestion charge scheme and how to register for a discount, can call MAGIC on 0800 240 241.Published 14 October 2002