The government has confirmed that the Mayor of London has the authority to install cameras for the proposed expansion of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) without seeking permission from councils in Essex. This development has created a rift between Transport for London and councils in Essex, where the ULEZ expansion could extend.
Mayor Sadiq Khan’s proposed ULEZ expansion has sparked a debate, as it would mean that those living on the outskirts of Essex and the capital would be required to pay an additional charge.
According to Essex Live, from August 29, drivers within the zone will have to pay a £12.50 daily fee if their vehicles do not meet the required standards.
The motor trade is watching the situation closely, as the plans have been met with controversy, and it remains to be seen whether they will be implemented.
The expansion could impact garages, mechanics and many other motor trade employees who work or travel in the affected areas.
The High Court has granted permission for five Conservative-run London and Home Counties councils to challenge the plans legally, and the councils are claiming that they and many of their residents are opposed to the decision to expand the £12.50 daily ULEZ charge.
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The councils bringing the civil case against Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, as the chair of Transport for London (TfL), are Bexley, Bromley, Harrow, Hillingdon, and Surrey.
Despite the legal challenge, Transport Secretary Mark Harper confirmed that Transport for London has the authority to install the infrastructure required for the ULEZ expansion.
This decision has many implications for motorists and businesses operating both within and outside the expanded zone, for example, some will need to contact their local insurance broker to amend existing private and motor trade insurance policies of affected vehicles as they look to upgrade.