London Mayor Rules out Expansion of ULEZ If He Stays in Role After Election


Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged not to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) scheme if he returns to the role after May’s election.

In a letter to London’s transport commissioner Andy Lord, Mr. Khan wrote that he had “categorically” ruled out the introduction of a pay-per-mile scheme as well as any tightening of ULEZ emissions standards.

He wrote: “There is clearly still more to do to tackle air pollution, and I’m determined to continue leading from the front in London.

“But my commitment to Londoners is this will not include a new pay-per-mile road user charging scheme or amending the standards for the ULEZ scheme.

“The introduction and expansion of the ULEZ has been necessary and effective. But now it’s in place and working, I will ensure the goalposts are not moved for drivers.”

Mr. Khan adds in the letter that he would focus on other measures to tackle air pollution, including improving walking and cycling routes, making buildings more energy efficient, and expanding the network of electric vehicle charging stations.

Susan Hall, the Conservative mayoral candidate, said: “Promises are worthless from the man who has been dishonest with Londoners about his plans to tax drivers.

“Sadiq Khan said he wouldn’t expand ULEZ at the last election, then went ahead and did the opposite.

“He has spent £150 million building the technology for pay per mile, and now wants us to believe he won’t use it.

Source: Epoch Times