Sutton Council has said it will continue to fight against what it describes as Mayor Sadiq Khan’s ‘unfair’ ULEZ expansion, by refusing to give TfL access to roll out the scheme in the borough.
Sutton does not have the public transport links other boroughs rely on, like tube and overground services. Instead, people here need cars to get around, said the council.
“We are concerned that the costs will be shouldered by people already struggling to get by in a difficult time, including small business owners and key workers. Liberal Democrats want to see action on air pollution. We have been clear that ULEZ can only work for Sutton if it is fair to residents,” it added.
According to the council, this means:
- A proper scrappage scheme that covers all residents and struggling small businesses
- More time for people to change to compliant vehicles
- Investment in public transport including new buses and trams
Transport for London (TfL) and the Mayor have not met these conditions and so we are taking a stand.
“Sutton Council will not be signing a Section 8 agreement with TfL, which means we are not cooperating and no Sutton Council funds or resources will be spent on installing ULEZ cameras.
“We are taking this step to send a strong signal to the Mayor that he must start listening to local people. Though the Mayor has the right to overrule us, and may attempt to force this unpopular decision on the residents of Sutton, we are clear that would be the wrong thing to do, added the council.