Plans which will force minicab and Uber drivers to pay £11.50 to drive in the capital every day will “fail significantly”, say London politicians.

The charges, which were confirmed today, will force private hire vehicles, including minicab and Uber drivers, to pay the Congestion Charge – something they were previously exempt from.

The congestion charge was introduced in 2003 by then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and is a daily levy imposed on drivers in central London.

Now the London Assembly, which supports exempting minicabs from the Congestion Charge, is calling on the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan to revaluate these plans.

The chairman of the London Assembly, Tony Arbour, said: “This policy would fail significantly to reduce congestion.

“Congestion is an issue that clearly needs to be addressed – but this is not the way to go about it.

“The Mayor should come forward with new and innovative proposals to tackle this problem.

The Assembly also fears the charge would have a greater impact on smaller minicab firms and individual drivers who would be faced with the cost rather than the operating firms.

Uber has already confirmed it will be passing this charge onto the driver.

Mr Arbour added: “This policy is a misguided way for the Mayor to raise some of the money he needs to rescue TfL from its dire financial straits.

“Talk of congestion and pollution is merely an excuse for this quite cynical move.”

Conservative London Assembly member Andrew Boff called the move “misguided”.

Mr Boff said: “The Mayor has blown a £1 billion black hole in the transport budget and now he is hellbent on hammering the private hire industry to boost the coffers.

“Only in September the London Assembly was near unanimous in its opposition to this proposal. Once again the Mayor is demonstrating that his simply doesn’t listen.”

Trade Union GMB, which represents private hire drivers, also hit out at the proposals.

Regional Officer Steve Garelick said: “GMB of course endorses cleaner emissions however the drivers who will be asked to pay this tax will bear the brunt of what is already difficult.

“In the case of private hire vehicles, in some vehicle types an electric option is just not available. This will also affect passengers as well as drivers who cannot afford the change.

“We feel this is going to lead to loss of high street minicab offices as well as jobs from those who are already disenfranchised.”