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What are Khan’s plans to hit motorists?

The Mayor is considering a number of different options, according to reports published today. These are:  

1 – A daily clean air charge of around £2 to drive a petrol or diesel car in London. On top of ULEZ (£12.50 a day) and the Congestion Charge (£15). 

2 – Expanding ULEZ to all 33 boroughs.

3 – Expanding ULEZ and bringing in a clean air charge.

4 – Pressing ahead with a £3.50 boundary charge for entering London. 

Mr Khan hopes to make the change before his second term of office ends in May 2024.

5 – Officials have also been asked to examine the feasibility of introducing the world’s first per-mile road-user charging scheme to London by the end of the decade.

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Sadiq Khan was accused last night of clobbering hard-up motorists with his plans to charge them by the mile in London.

The capital’s Labour mayor wants road pricing to force those who drive petrol or diesel cars to switch to public transport, walking, cycling or electric vehicles ‘where necessary’. 

He said he is ‘not willing to put off action’ to hit climate targets.

Research commissioned by Mr Khan found that a 27 per cent reduction in London’s car traffic is required by 2030 to meet net-zero ambitions.

A report by City Hall said per-mile charges would be a ‘simple and fair scheme’ that could replace existing fees such as the Congestion Charge and Ultra Low Emission Zone. 

But motoring groups including the AA and RAC said policies should focus on helping motorists get electric vehicles, rather than punishing those who cannot afford them.

AA president Edmund King said: ‘We need to encourage the uptake of cleaner, greener vehicles.’

The RAC’s Nicholas Lyes said: ‘These proposals would create massive financial challenges for individuals, families and businesses who run a car in London.’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan seen arriving at the Global Radio Studios in London last week. He has been accused of clobbering hard-up motorists with his plans to charge them by the mile in London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan seen arriving at the Global Radio Studios in London last week. He has been accused of clobbering hard-up motorists with his plans to charge them by the mile in London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan seen arriving at the Global Radio Studios in London last week. He has been accused of clobbering hard-up motorists with his plans to charge them by the mile in London

Traffic builds up on the A102 Blackwall Tunnel road approach during rush hour in Greenwich, south east London, in November

Traffic builds up on the A102 Blackwall Tunnel road approach during rush hour in Greenwich, south east London, in November

Traffic builds up on the A102 Blackwall Tunnel road approach during rush hour in Greenwich, south east London, in November

The City Hall document noted that the technology to charge drivers per mile is ‘still years away from being ready’, so Mr Khan is considering policies which ‘could be ready within the next few years’.

One approach is for the Ultra Low Emission Zone, which costs £12.50 per day to enter, to cover all of London, and introduce a ‘clean air charge’ of around £2 for ‘all but the cleanest vehicles.  

Mr Khan is also considering charging drivers from outside London about £3.50  for entering the city. 

But Mr Lyes added: ‘Proposals to charge vehicles to enter London are likely to impact hardest on workers such as carers, tradespeople and night-time staff for whom there is no alternative to using a vehicle.’ 

The Mayor and Transport for London will conduct a public consultation on the proposals.

Signs indicating Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on a street in London. Research commissioned by Mr Khan found that a 27 per cent reduction in London’s car traffic is required by 2030 to meet net-zero ambitions

Signs indicating Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on a street in London. Research commissioned by Mr Khan found that a 27 per cent reduction in London’s car traffic is required by 2030 to meet net-zero ambitions

Signs indicating Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on a street in London. Research commissioned by Mr Khan found that a 27 per cent reduction in London’s car traffic is required by 2030 to meet net-zero ambitions

A congestion charging sign in London in October last year. Mr Khan is considering charging drivers from outside London for entering the city

A congestion charging sign in London in October last year. Mr Khan is considering charging drivers from outside London for entering the city

A congestion charging sign in London in October last year. Mr Khan is considering charging drivers from outside London for entering the city

Mr Khan said he is ‘not willing to stand by and wait when there’s more we can do in London that could make a big difference’.

He went on: ‘We have too often seen measures to tackle air pollution and the climate emergency delayed around the world because it’s viewed as being too hard or politically inconvenient, but I’m not willing to put off action we have the ability to implement here in London.’

Consultancy Element Energy was commissioned by the mayor to set out scenarios for cutting London’s carbon emissions to net zero.

The most ambitious scenario, Mr Khan’s preferred option, could require £75 billion investment between now and 2030 in infrastructure, and more beyond, from public and private sources, according to the mayor.

Hitting the target will require 2.2 million heat pumps in operation by the end of the decade, more solar panels on roofs, and bringing in heat networks for heating homes.

Mr Khan has warned he does not have the funding or powers to deliver everything required, and wants the Government to provide greater support.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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