Sadiq Khan warns Tory Autonomous Region not to challenge Urez expansion
Adik Khan On Monday, it warned the Tory Borough, which is trying to stop the expansion of ultra-low emission zones, that they face defeat. high court.
the mayor insisted on an attempt to seek judicial review of his decision Urez To Greater London Boundaries are ‘no benefit’ and ‘misunderstood’.
HillingdonHarrow, Bexley and Bromley councils jointly issued a “Before Action” letter Transportation in LondonKhan has threatened to sue the company if it goes ahead with the expansion on Aug. 29.
Approximately 200,000 additional drivers per day are expected to have to pay an emissions-based levy of £12.50 when extending from the inner boundary of the North and South Ring Roads.
Harrow has secured up to £400,000 in fighting funds and says it is prepared to move forward even if other boroughs drop out.
But Khan on Monday opened a new front in the fight to expand Urez by writing a letter warning the leaders of the four councils.
He urged council leaders to try to reduce the health effects of toxic air, thereby “wasting precious local government budgets and the money residents collect from paying local taxes.” It urged us to “do the right thing” instead of
He wrote: “Instead of pursuing costly legal challenges funded by local residents, we will work with you to take control of our city and the lives of the people we represent. I hope you can help clean the dirty air that is ravaging it.
But Khan didn’t mention the cost of living crisis. This has led many boroughs, including worker-run councils such as Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, to express concerns about the timing of the expansion and the amount of support available. Londoners upgrading their cars.
The mayor said it was “absolutely untrue” that Ulez, which would have cost almost £160m to install, was a money-making venture.
Surcharges and fines of up to £300 million are expected in the first year, but revenues are expected to drop to ‘nominal’ levels by 2027 as drivers switch vehicles to avoid paying.
But Harrow leader Paul Osborn said he fears TfL will tighten rules in later years to increase the number of vehicles that do not comply and are forced to pay. .
He told the BBC:
“[Expanding the zone] When inflation hits 10%, utility bills are rising, fuel costs are rising, food prices are rising for people, it’s not the right time to do it. I really don’t think so. ”
Mr Khan has given another £110m to a disposal plan for low-income people, charities and small businesses in London, but more will have to be raised before London’s parliament approves the annual budget later this month. You may have to
The four boroughs believe they have four reasons to challenge the legality of Urez’s decision. This includes banning drivers living in “buffer zones” outside London from applying for scrap funds.
Khan told four leaders that air pollution causes hundreds of residents to die prematurely each year, calling it an “invisible killer.”
he wrote: In Hillingdon, he is estimated to have lost 155 lives due to air pollution.
“Every Londoner has the right to breathe clean air and we all share a moral and legal obligation to comply with air pollution limits as soon as possible.”
The councils of Harrow, Hillingdon, Bexley and Bromley have been reached for comment.
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/ulez-expansion-greater-london-legal-challenge-tory-boroughs-sadiq-khan-b1058154.html Sadiq Khan warns Tory Autonomous Region not to challenge Urez expansion