London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been branded an “utter disgrace” after he announced that he would impose a daily tax of £12.50 for every car in London that does not meet his predetermined low emission standards.
The Labour mayor extended the Ulez zone from central London to the entire capital despite a consultation showing that 60 percent opposed the move including 70 percent in outer London and 80 percent of businesses.
The tax will apply to all petrol cars older than 2005 registration and diesel cars older than 2015. Meanwhile, businesses which have been hit by inflation, increased taxes and the economic crisis will have to pay the charge for vans and lorries.
The move by Mr Khan has already been branded “the Ulez scandal”.
Orpington MP Gareth Bacon promised: “As your MP, I will continue to fight Khan’s disastrous proposal every step of the way. Sadiq Khan must now scrap the ULEZ expansion.”
Mr Khan had promised a “genuine” consultation when he launched it over expanding Ulez to outer London but apears to have ignored his own promises.
Former Tory candidate for mayor Shaun Bailey said: “Sadiq Khan must now respond by scrapping the expansion and opening the process to public scrutiny.”
In a message posted on social media, Mr khan said that the move was about giving London clean air.
There could be a request that Rishi Sunak’s government intervene.
Already London Conservatives have demanded he scraps the policy immediately.
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