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Tories demand Sadiq Khan delays 'absurd' expansion as motorists face £27.50-a-day cost

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The Mayor of London is set to introduce the extension of the UItra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in ten days across London. The new £12.50 charge is applied on top of the already £15 congestion charge to all petrol and diesel cars, vans, lorries and motorcycles.

The only exception is if they meet ultra-strict emissions standards.

Drivers will now face a £27.50-a-day charge to drive into central London if their car does not meet the ULEZ standards.

As of October 25, the zone will be expanded from Westminster and the City of London to all inner London inside the north and south circular road.

It will be 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Now the Conservatives have lashed out at the extension and have called for the Mayor of London to delay the expansion.

In a letter to Mr Khan – seen by the MailOnline – GLA Conservatives’ transport spokesman Keith Prince AM wrote: “I am writing to request that you delay the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone until next year to allow Londoners time to recover and prepare.

“When you announced your plan to expand the ULEZ charge up to the North and South Circulars in June 2018, Londoners had over three years’ notice of the significant change.

“However, the coronavirus crisis has significantly impacted upon the ability of people and businesses to use that time to prepare.

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All petrol cars made after January 2006 and diesel cars made after September 2015 do meet the ULEZ standards.

However, many ambulances, Ubers and delivery drivers and buses do not.

The expansion will be 18 times larger than it is currently meaning around 100,000 more cars, 35,000 vans and 3,000 lorries will be affected.

Lorries and buses who do not pay the fees will also face a fine of up to £100.

Days before the expansion is set to be introduced, Mr Khan visited the ULEZ control centre in Capita.

He said: “I’m committed to building bridges between London and the rest of our country and showcasing how the capital can help the national recovery and the levelling up agenda.

“Together, Capita’s TfL contracts and the state-of-the-art London Electric Vehicle Company in Coventry employ 2,200 people in the West Midlands and North of England, showing clearly how London relies on the skills of other regions and that investment in our capital can help create quality green jobs across the country.

“Tackling the climate crisis and growing our economy across the UK is about regions working together and investing in new technologies.

“London is ready and willing to play its part in ensuring a strong and green national recovery from this terrible pandemic.”



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