Sadiq Khan outlines why ULEZ has come into force in London

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London’s new Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) charge will expand to cover thousands of extra homes on October 25. The new scheme will see drivers charged £12.50 per day on top of Congestion Charges to use the roads.

However, a new poll by student paramedic Anna McQuade said young adults would be “unfairly affected” by the changes.

Ms McQuade said students would not be included in the vehicle scrappage scheme which made it impossible to “afford a new car”.

She has warned the new scheme could “disenfranchise students” as many “may not be able to maintain” their studies.

She said: “To support low-income earners, a car and motorcycle Scrappage Scheme has been set up for those in the affected areas that will have to buy a new car due to this expansion.

“The scheme includes those on benefits, but does not include students.

“I am a student and volunteer frontline worker residing in an area that will be affected this October.

“I am a student paramedic and I moved to this area to be closer to the ambulance station that I am required by my course to volunteer at for 40+ hours a week.”

She added: “Student Loan payments are often less than Universal credit payments, with the maximum amount for independent students being £10,000 per year.

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“I have a car that works perfectly and that I absolutely rely on to take me to classes, to my mandatory ambulance shifts, and to my part-time job.

“With my Student Loan, I have approximately £80 to live on weekly after rent payments, so I simply do not know how I will afford a new car.

“I am just one example of a student being unfairly affected by this expansion.

“By not recognising students as low-income earners, many like me may not be able to maintain studies and employment.

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