Outsourcing company Capita plans to hire an additional 900 people to manage London’s congestion charge and low-emission zones, after winning a five-year extension to its existing contract with Transport for London (TfL).
The deal is worth £ 355million for the company, which also handles the BBC’s licensing fees, and includes work related to the Very Low Emission Zone of London (ULEZ), which is expected to be extended in October 2021.
The measures, along with the congestion tax, aim to improve air quality by keeping the most polluting vehicles out of central London.
The extended zone, an area bounded by the north and south circular roads, is several times larger than the area covered by the congestion charge and is monitored by a network of cameras.
Drivers will be charged £ 12.50 each day their vehicle is used in the zone.
Capita is currently processing an average of 1.5 million roadside images each day as part of zone management and will migrate its existing technology to the cloud when it begins to manage the extended ULEZ.
Capita said the majority of its new employees would be allowed to work remotely and encouraged to work from home.
Jon Lewis, CEO of Capita, said the company will work with TfL to roll out programs to reduce the effects of air pollution and make roads safer.
“These new contracts will allow us to strengthen our existing partnership, which has already enabled us to launch ULEZ on time and on budget, and we will leverage our track record in digital transformation and services, as well as added value for our shareholders. ” Lewis said.
TfL reported that the existing very low emission zone in central London has already led to a 44% drop in roadside levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide gas, NO2, and that 79% of vehicles entering the zone met its emissions standards.
Capita, one of the UK government’s leading outsourced service providers, said in June it would cut at least 200 jobs due to financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.