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Boundary Charge plan dropped, but new ULEZ threat

Hello,
The latest news from City Hall is about the London Mayor’s plans to expand ULEZ to the whole of London.
The London Mayor has dropped his Boundary Charge plan. Mayor Khan wanted to charge every motorist a daily toll to enter London, but after my fierce opposition has abandoned this idea.
However, he is now planning a different car-charging plan for outer London: ULEZ, the Ultra Low Emission Zone. From autumn next year he wants to expand ULEZ from central London to the whole of London.
NOW is the time to object, the consultation ends on 29th July.
What does ULEZ mean?
  • A daily £12.50 charge for vehicles that aren’t “ultra low emission”.
  • Paid by everyone who drives anywhere in any London borough, 24/7, including local residents and visitors from outside London.
  • Compliant or “ultra low emission vehicles” are exempt. For now this includes most vehicles, but the name gives the game away – once the cameras are installed, I expect him to keep tightening the rules to cover more and more cars.
Please sign our petition, and also give your view directly to the Mayor in his consultation. You can also email your consultation response directly to the mayor: cleanairyourview@tfl.gov.uk

ULEZ Expansion to outer London, what does it mean?
ULEZ Expansion to outer London, what does it mean?
Neil Garratt AM
I've just asked the Mayor what he suggests people in Croydon and Sutton do if they can't afford his £12.50 daily ULEZ charge, can't afford a new car, and can't get to work by public transport.

Labour's response was that it's "only" about £3k for a compliant car - just buy one.
Labour: just buy a new car
On Thursday I asked the Mayor if someone can’t afford the £12.50 daily charge, can’t afford to buy a new compliant car, but still needs their car to get around, what does he suggest they do?
His answer was: fill in my consultation.
But then one of Labour’s most senior Assembly Members let the cat out of the bag. Labour Deputy Leader and former Labour Leader in Wandsworth Leonie Cooper informed us that people should just upgrade their car, because according to her it’s “only” about £3000 to buy a ULEZ compliant car.
This is the London Labour mentality we are up against.
The real plan
It’s not really about clean air. If it was, why would The Mayor spend £400 million on a camera network to track vehicles across the whole of London? He could spend the £400 million upgrading buses, taxis, or giving people incentives to replace their car. Next time you hear the Mayor saying he has no money, remember that he’s put aside £400 million for a camera network.
The Mayor’s £400 million ULEZ camera network suddenly makes sense if you know that he wants to turn every road in London into a toll road. He calls it “smart road user charging”. The Mayor says he’d like to do it but the technology isn’t in place. Now the ULEZ camera expansion will put that technology in place.
Please sign our petition, and also give your view directly to the Mayor in his consultation. You can also email your consultation response directly to the mayor: cleanairyourview@tfl.gov.uk
Unfair
The ULEZ charge would be the same in every part of London. But we know the transport reality is not the same in every part of London.
It feels like people in central London imposing punitive policies on outer London, without knowing or caring about the damage. For people used to nipping around London on the Tube, cars seem an unnecessary luxury. For people who enjoy central London’s amazing public transport network, cars seem an unnecessary luxury.
For those of us in outer London, we know that for many journeys our public transport is slow and inefficient. And we know that if the Mayor succeeds in his plan to price people off the road, people will lose their jobs, businesses will lose customers, and in a cost of living squeeze he will be squeezing even more.
Please sign our petition, and also give your view directly to the Mayor in his consultation. You can also email your consultation response directly to the mayor: cleanairyourview@tfl.gov.uk
So I will support you by speaking up for you here in City Hall, you can help us to make that case by showing that you agree.
In the meantime, please spread the word by telling friends and colleagues, sharing this email, sharing the links to our petition and to the Mayor’s consultation, and making sure the Mayor understands that in outer London he cannot simply price people off the road.
Kind regards,
Neil
Neil Garratt AM
London Assembly Member for Croydon & Sutton
LONDON ASSEMBLY
City Hall, Kamal Chunchie Way, London, E16 1ZE
PS: don’t forget to sign our petition, and also give your view directly to the Mayor in his consultation. You can also email your consultation response directly to the mayor: cleanairyourview@tfl.gov.uk
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