The super-short recap: the Mayor claimed not to recognise any figures that contradict his version of the facts, and when I insisted he look at the hardship he’s going to create, the lack of public transport alternatives, and his total lack of sympathy for people who will suffer his charge, he repeatedly changes the subject or reverts to insults. In the end, he demanded we move on.
He knows I’m right so I will keep reminding him of these facts from now until whenever he eventually agrees, I hope, to scrap the plan.
You have only until Friday to register your objection. Make sure you do and make sure you tell everyone you know to register their objections, too, because it helps me make the case that people do not want it.
The longer recap: he began by saying he “didn’t recognise” my figures on air pollution, so I read them out from the document. He tried to claim “that’s wrong” then backed off and said he’d have a look at the document. When he does, he’ll find that my figures are correct.
He probably knew that, which is why he switched to quoting from the other report I mentioned last week: the 6 month review of last year’s ULEZ expansion to the north and south circular.
As you know, this report found air pollution is down because traffic is down, but there’s no way to know why that is. Is it because of ULEZ or is it because of the pandemic, last year’s fuel shortage, and this year’s fuel price surge? The report says there’s no way to know.
So the Mayor quoted a lot of figures about reduction in vehicles as a diversionary tactic, but couldn’t run away from his own report saying that so much has happened in the last 2 years there’s no way to know whether ULEZ had any effect.
I then pointed out the big difference between inner London and outer London: public transport levels, or “PTAL
” in the jargon.
The Mayor’s idea is that ULEZ makes people switch from driving to public transport, but his own report undermines that idea. It points out that in inner London the public transport makes switching practical, but here in outer London there’s often no alternative. So it’s just another cost of living burden.
You might remember this map of London car ownership I shared 3 weeks ago
. One of the least surprising maps of London you’ll ever see.