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Sadiq Khan may face legal challenge from campaigners after congestion charge 'cash grab'


Sadiq Khan may face a challenge from campaigners at Fair Fuel UK and the Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) who have confirmed they are seeking to legally challenge the Mayor of London. The campaigners say they have delivered a pre-action protocol to the Greater London authority and Mayor of London. 

“He encourages us to drive during the Covid crisis, then with no supportive evidence to do so, he plucks a number, out of nowhere, to massively hike the C-Charge. 

“And without any proof, he also increases the charging period to cover weekends, plus extending his additional cash grab through to 10pm every day.”

Mr Cox has questioned whether there were “more competent” and “fairer ways” to raise the money without “screwing” motorists. 

He added: “In this time of worry for all of us, why did the Mayor not consider, taxing river, air traffic, construction machinery or other sources of pollution? 

“Surely these are more competent and fairer ways to raise the cash to fill his fiscal black hole without screwing drivers at every opportunity.”

Paul Biggs, Director of the ABD who are also joining the campaign, said the ruling “must be challenged”. 

He said: “Enough is enough. The financial ‘Khanage’ in London inflicted by the 30 percent C-Charge increase extended to seven days at a time of great economic hardship for many people, the country and our capital must be challenged. 

“The Mayor is riding roughshod over every motorist, who has no choice but to drive.”

In a previous statement to Express.co.uk, Transport for London confirmed the changes would be a temporary measure to help battle against the coronavirus pandemic. 

They revealed any permanent changes to the scheme would require a full consultation. 

The statement said: “These temporary changes to the congestion charge are essential to prevent London’s recovery from the pandemic from being restricted by cars and congestion. 

“We received more than 13,000 emails when we sought views on the changes and as a result made a number of modifications to the original proposals. 

“They included extending the number of reimbursement schemes and giving more time for new applications for the residents’ discount.”

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: “Under the terms of the funding package agreed with Government, TfL was required to put forward proposals to widen the scope and level of the Congestion Charge.

“These temporary changes are essential to prevent London’s economic recovery being restricted by congestion on the city’s roads.

“It would be inappropriate to comment on an ongoing legal case.”



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