High Court dismisses ULEZ challenge

Sadiq Khan welcomes the decision as “good news” for London’s air quality

The high court has dismissed a legal challenge by five Conservative-led councils against the expansion of London’s ultra-low emission zone.

The Ulez zone, which includes Chiswick, is due to be expanded to the boundary of Greater London on 29 August. Owners of older, more polluting cars which do not meet the emissions criteria, will find they have to pay £12.50 a day to use their vehicles.

The five local authorities: the London boroughs of Hillingdon, Bexley, Bromley, Harrow and Surrey County Council, argued the Mayor of London had overstepped his authority by extending the zone further. Mr Justice Swift rejected their case, ruling Sadiq Khan’s policy to tackle toxic air lawful.

Sadiq Khan, who was not in court, said after the judgement:

“This landmark decision is good news as it means we can proceed with cleaning up the air in outer London on August 29.

“The decision to expand the Ulez was very difficult and not something I took lightly and I continue to do everything possible to address any concerns Londoners may have.”

The policy is widely seen as having lost Labour the recent Uxbridge by-election. Labour Leader Keir Starmer said the Mayor should ‘reflect’ on the policy and the Major has responded that he was willing to consider new ideas for ways to mitigate the financial impact on Londoners.

Details of the scrappage scheme are on Transport for London’s website: tfl.gov.uk

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