Londoners need more time and help to prepare for Sadiq Khan’s expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone.
Covid restrictions only ended three months ago, and few have had a chance to recover, let alone prepare for the charge. City Hall has offered little help to those who can’t afford to switch vehicles.
Only a third of low-income and disabled applicants have received a scrappage grant – and there’s only funding for 1,000 more drivers. Over 140,000 Londoners will be hit by the charge a day. These motorists aren’t petrol-guzzling Top Gear fans – they’re tradesmen, care workers, and NHS staff who rely on their vehicles.
City Hall can afford to help Londoners prepare for ULEZ. There is £50m Khan could use to help Londoners to enable larger scrappage schemes. We must clean up London’s air – but we can’t do it on the backs of the poorest.