Ex-Mayor Livingstone

New tax for London

You probably haven’t heard of the the new Low Emission Zone for London. What the Mayor’s press release does not tell you is that the scheme will cost £78 million, double the original estimate. Heavy vehicles that do not meet European emission standards will have to pay a fee of £200 to enter London from early 2008. Those that do not pay will be fined £1,000. Such charges just get passed on to consumers so we will pay for the cameras and clipboards and we will pay the fines too. As vehicles get replaced by hauliers they will automatically be upgraded to the new standards. This seems to be a lot of fuss and expense to speed an inevitable process.

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