London Mayor Sadiq Khan has refused to allow an extension to Monday’s deadline for new controversial ultra-low emission zones across the capital as he insisted the scheme was a ‘matter of life and death’.
300,000 motorists using the boundaries of London’s North and South Circular roads are now set to be hit by a £12.50-a-day charge when driving their vehicles after this weekend.
Labour mayor Mr Khan had faced renewed pressure from Conservatives within the Greater London Assembly to postpone the huge widening of the ultra-low emission zone (Ulez), which will now stretch across more than 18 miles in the capital.
Speaking to BBC London on Thursday, Mr Khan insisted the expansion was a ‘matter of life and death’. He added: ‘We can’t afford to wait any longer.’
It comes as MailOnline uncovered that a £61million scrappage scheme introduced in February 2019 that was designed to help low-income families switch to cleaner vehicles had almost run out of cash.
As just 6,700 drivers were revealed to have benefitted from the grant, TfL warned that they only have enough funds remaining to support a further 1,500 applications, just days ahead of the massive Ulez expansion.
Read more: London mayor Sadiq Khan, another moronic script-reading gofer, insists ultra-low emission zone expansion is a ‘matter of life and death’ with 300,000 motorists set to be hit by £12.50 a day charge to drive their vehicles on Monday – all part of the plan to stop the less than rich having access to cars