He would, however, consult on this and on the introduction of workplace parking charges. His aim is to reduce traffic levels in London by 15% by 2010. The squeeze on fleet drivers is likely to be increased with Livingstone's decision to offer Darren Johnson, mayoral Green Party candidate, the environmental portfolio within the new administration. A spokeswoman for Johnson insisted there would be a period of public consultation before charging was introduced.
But she said: 'The figures we've talked about include charging £5 a day for driving into London and if that didn't reduce congestion sufficiently, perhaps £10. We are also looking at workplace parking levies of £3,000 a year per space.' The inner city speed limit would also be cut to 20mph. Martin Hannan, car fleet manager of computer software firm Logica UK, based in north-west London, said: 'As long as Livingstone fulfils his commitment to consult on congestion-tackling measures - and that must include fleets - I'm willing to help him.'
Keith Wilkinson, fleet manager for House of Fraser, said: 'First impressions are worrying.' Anne Grainger, fleet manager for Overseas Courier Service, said: 'It is worrying hearing Livingstone saying he is happy to bring in a paper-based charging system, which hopefully won't be too expensive. We can get company car users to take the train but our vans operate 24 hours a day, so it will be a nightmare for us.'
Tom Byers, car fleet co-ordinator of Ove Arup Partnership, west of the city, said: 'Our 250 staff entitled to cars use other means to commute into London. If the Government is willing to fund the congestion-tackling initiatives Livingstone is proposing, we're all for it.' Livingstone formally begins running London on July 3.