For the first time, a leading member of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s own party has called into question his plans to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone to outer London boroughs.
Writing on Twitter, Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell has suggested that the plans need “a much more comprehensive and generous scrappage and support scheme for Outer London, and a greater lead in time for people to take advantage of any schemes given the cost of living pressures facing people at the moment.”
A number of Conservative-run councils are threatening to refuse to allow enforcement cameras to be installed on their roads in protest at the ULEZ plans, but these comments are notable coming from a Labour council leader.
Mr Rodwell comments that there is no basis to challenge the plans legally, however he added, “We must take air quality seriously but any initiatives must take full account of how people will be affected financial and must do as much as possible to mitigate that.”
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