While Sadiq continues spewing hot air with a moral case over the ULEZ expansion – apparently this is all about saving Londoners’ lives – the TaxPayers’
Clean air zones have been around for some time.
London may have been believed to be the first UK city to raise a congestion charge, but this was, in fact Durham in 2002, apparently for only one road, while London was for a specific district.
The whole idea was to reduce pollution, but was it for it could lead to more traffic to use roads where there are no charges and so increase pollution in those areas. But what can’t be argued is that it is a means to raise money at the expense for motorists.
Now many more cities have or are about to introduce similar schemes.
But, if it was really a means to reduce emissions then this should have been run in conjunction with other schemes, such as, providing money to encourage people to purchase less polluting vehicle or state when the most polluting vehicle would no longer be manufactured, which has already been put forward being 2030.
But people will still be able to drive diesel and petrol vehicles, if they can obtain the fuels to do so and currently there is no decision on when these fuels will stop being sold. But sooner or later there will be.
So until then the Local Authorities operating Clean air zones will continue to draw in the money from the charges.
Source: City Hall Raking In Millions Thanks to ULEZ Expansion – Guido Fawkes