Sadiq Khan outlines why ULEZ has come into force in London
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The comments were made after FairFuelUK founder Howard Cox attacked Mr Khan’s proposals to reduce the Congestion Charge from its current £15 rate to its previous £11.50 charge. Prices were increased by the London mayor in June last year as “temporary” measures to help the recovery from the pandemic.
As part of the changes, Mr Khan extended the charges to cover weekends and up to 10pm on weekdays.
However, Mr Khan has made reducing these increases a major part of his election manifesto.
He has pledged to have discussions with the Government over scrapping weekend charges.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Howard Cox, Founder of FairFuelUK said Mr Khan’s comments were simply “promises appearing in all directions”.
He warned Mr Khan “will up” the Congestion Charge if re-elected and “probably by even more”
He said: “There must be an election. Promises appearing in all directions.
“Nothing more hypocritical than the bankrupt London Mayor dishonestly dangling a carrot to reduce congestion charge.
“The anti driver opportunist politico is to scrap the temporary £15 congestion charge ahead of mayoral election back to £11.50 if re-elected.
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“But don’t open the champagne yet. When he wins with the backing of the Lycra set, which he surely will, he’ll up it again probably by even more.”
However, the comments were rebuked by Labour who called the claims “complete nonsense”.
They said the Mayor had “no plans” to increase the charge and backed the Tory Government for last year’s increases.
A London Labour spokesperson said: “London Labour spokesperson said: “This is complete nonsense. Sadiq has no plans to increase the price of the congestion charge.
“The Tory Government forced TfL to widen the scope and level of the Congestion Charge last year as a condition of the emergency TfL funding that was only needed because of the pandemic.
“Sadiq has been clear that if he is re-elected he will have discussions with Ministers about the best arrangements to have in place to support London’s economic recovery and to ensure it is a green and sustainable one.”
However, Mr Khan has previously warned against a car-led recovery in London which led to the introduction of controversial Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.
He has also mooted a new Outer London Borough charge, which could see those travelling into the capital forced to pay £5.50 per day.
Mr Khan has threatened to introduce the policy if he does not get access to £500million in Vehicle Excise Duty paid by London drivers.
However, money generated from VED goes straight to the Treasury with no other councils in the UK receiving the income.
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