The BBC reports:
… At the time officials from 30 other British cities were reported to be considering introducing congestion charges if London’s scheme was successful.
That never happened and, further afield, the only cities to adopt a similar scheme since are Milan and Stockholm.
According to TfL figures, traffic levels over the past 10 years have gone down by 10.2% but journey times for drivers have remained flat since 2007.
Barry Neil, whose east London-based company Ambient Computer Services travels into central London daily delivering computer equipment, claims this is evidence the congestion charge has failed.
He said: “We said when it launched it wasn’t going to make any difference and unfortunately it hasn’t.
“If it made it easier to drive through London, then great. But it doesn’t. The jams are just as bad and it costs us £5,000 a year.”