Petition demands abandonment of plan that will cost even residents thousands a year or ‘price working Londoners off roads’
Sadiq Khan’s plan to penalise hundreds of thousands of ordinary Londoners has lost him the next mayoral election, say Labour insiders.
Khan is looking to extend the ‘Ultra Low Emission Zone’ (ULEZ) from its current area within London’s inner ring road to almost the whole London area. The zone, which operates for 364 days a year, levies an eye-watering charge of £12.50 per day on anyone using a vehicle within it that does not meet ‘ultra low emission’ standards. Goods vehicles pay a different charge.
The current zone is limited to the area inside the city’s north and south circular, as shown by Transport for London (TfL) on its website:
But Khan wants to extend it across almost the whole London area and asked TfL to launch a consultation to that end – which went against his plan, but he is pressing ahead anyway:
The extended zone will cover largely residential areas of the city, penalising anyone driving to work even if they don’t enter the city centre as well as families dropping kids at school or childcare, or driving for other hard-to-avoid reasons.
Even if you make a short trip inside the zone using a vehicle that doesn’t meet the ULEZ emissions standards, you need to pay the £12.50 daily charge. This includes residents of the ULEZ.
The new scheme will inflict a charge of potentially thousands of pounds a year on people already barely coping with the ‘cost of living’ crisis caused by corporate greed, government mismanagement and poor opposition. TfL’s advice to those who can’t afford to pay is ‘walk or cycle’, or use public transport.
Labour insiders have said that they believe the move could cost Khan the next mayoral election. One told Skwawkbox:
Sadiq just lost London.
A petition against the plan has already received more than 100,000 signatures.
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