London local government rebels against Khan’s car climate tax

London local government rebels against Khan’s car climate tax

London local government rebels against Khan’s car climate tax

A south London borough has defied far-left mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to extend Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charging across the UK capital by refusing to install the cameras needed for the app green agenda policy.

Sutton’s Liberal Democrats, who currently control the council that governs the borough locally, said they intended to fight the ‘unfair’ expansion of the climate tax from central London to all of the metropolitan area, and will seek to block the installation of ULEZ cameras in their part of town.

“We are taking this step to send a strong signal to the mayor that he needs to start listening to local people,” the council said in a statement reported by The telegraph.

“While the mayor has the right to cancel us and may attempt to impose this unpopular decision on the residents of Sutton, we are clear that would be the wrong thing to do.”

The move comes as four other London local governments – Bexley, Bromley, Harrow and Hillingdon Borough Councils – announced they would take action to challenge the legality of Khan’s plan, which is set to be imposed on the city. in August. .

The leader of Bromley Council said the mayor had ‘flagrantly ignored’ the views of Londoners and used ‘questionable, selective and incomplete findings’ to justify the tax expansion.

Meanwhile, Bexley and Hillingdon wondered if the negative economic impacts on working-class families would really be outweighed by the minimal improvements in air quality.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was introduced in 2019 by Khan in central London, charging cars that failed to meet its emissions standards a fee to travel through the center of the city. The Labor politician plans to roll out the policy across the city by August, meaning any ‘non-compliant car’ will be taxed at a rate of £12.50 a day.

The expansion threatens to impact some 200,000 cars, meaning many working class people who have to travel to London for work will be badly hit financially.

Although ULEZ was initially touted as a way to reduce pollution, it has become something of a lucrative scheme for the tax-starved city government, which made almost £100m in revenue in 2021. It has It has been estimated that the expansion of the scheme will see the mayor’s government receive up to £400million a year.

Khan argued that despite the plan’s unpopularity, due in large part to the economic crisis affecting the country, including soaring inflation, falling wages and high taxes imposed by Westminster, the expansion of the program ULEZ is needed to clean the air of the city.

Greater London Authority Tory transport spokesman Nick Rogers said of the local councils’ refusal: ‘I am pleased that many boroughs are already taking action to protect residents from Sadiq Khan’s Ulez tax and encourage all boroughs to do the same.”

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