Most Londoners don't use public transport, a Tory London Assembly Member has claimed in defence of the Mayor's fare rises.
Speaking at a City Hall debate on Boris Johnson's budget, Tony Arbour claimed that:
"It is a fact is it not that relatively few Londoners use London transport in any way. Most people don't use London transport with any sense of regularity."
He went on to tell the Mayor that it was a "principal of conservatism" that "those [people] who receive a service are those who should pay for it."
Boris Johnson replied that he would "need to get the figures" Arbour was referring to.
Transport for London's statistics show that the majority of trips are made by private transport although the majority of "journey stages" are made by public transport (42% to 36%).
However, there seems to be little evidence beyond Tony Arbour's own peculiar personal experience that "few Londoners use London transport in any way."
Arbour is an outspoken and right wing member of the Conservative party and a councillor in Richmond upon Thames.
He previously caused controversy when he described council housing as "housing for the riff raff."