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Sadiq Khan named as new mayor of London

Date: 09 May 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Sadiq Khan has been elected as the new mayor of London after beating rival Zac Goldsmith by 1,310,143 votes to 994,614.

Labour's Khan becomes the capital's first Muslim mayor and takes over from the Conservative party's Boris Johnson.

The Green Party's Sian Berry finished in third place.

In his victory speech, Khan promised to be the mayor "for all Londoners".

In his manifesto, the son of a bus driver pledged that he would maintain the London Congestion Charge at its current rate of £11.50 per day for cars, while he said he wants to support car clubs as a way of reducing congestion within the capital, as well as prioritising new river crossings to the east of the city.

Khan also pledged to consult on bringing forward the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone from its scheduled September 2020 roll-out - something the London Assembly campaigned for and that the outgoing Johnson was against - while he said he will grow the city's electric charging point network, which he described as "necessary for a major expansion in the use of electric vehicles".

In his manifesto, the new mayor also said he would work with utility companies to make sure key roads aren't subjected to roadworks at the same time, and he vowed to work with Transport for London to make sure the body operates more efficiently on roadworks.

Additionally he pledged to freeze public transport fares for four years and introduce a one-hour 'rover' bus ticket.

While congratulating the new mayor on his appointment, the Freight Transport Association urged Khan to work closely with the freight and logistics industry.

The FTA called on the mayor to offer a discount on the congestion charge for 'clean' vans and lorries in order to encourage these vehicles into the capital ahead of the introduction of the ULEZ, while the freight body also asked for an urgent review of the London Lorry Control Scheme which restricts the number of deliveries that can be made it night, claiming a change in the rules to move lorries out of peak times could improve the city's pollution ratings.

Meanwhile, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Assciaton sounded a note of caution.

"BVRLA members operating in London will look forward to Khan delivering on his campaign promises, as it would result in less congested roads, reduced pollution and better air quality," BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney told BusinessCar. "Fleets will be concerned about his plans on the ULEZ though, as bringing it forward could punish those who have signed up to three or four-year agreements based on the scheduled 2020 introduction date."

"We look forward to working with the mayor's office to help promote car clubs and to ensure businesses operating in the capital can continue to thrive," he added.