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COURT CASE: North London councils form coalition to challenge ULEZ in court

 Published on: 13th March 2023   |   By: Jacob Collick   |   Category: Uncategorized

Five councils, including Harrow Council, are taking legal action to challenge the planned expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

Harrow, Bexley, Bromley, Hillingdon and Surrey councils are seeking a judicial review to scrutinise the legality of how the decision was made.

From August 29, drivers of cars that fail to meet emission and safety standards set by Transport for London will have to pay a £12.50 fee per day to enter the Greater London Authority boundary.

The coalition of councils aims to challenge the expansion in the High Court on five grounds, including a failure to carry out any cost-benefit analysis, failure to comply with relevant statutory requirements, and more.

Councillor Paul Osborn, Leader of Harrow Council, said: “This scheme, which the Mayor’s own research suggests makes almost no improvements to air quality, will hit our poorest and most vulnerable residents. This is the wrong solution at the wrong time.”

The spokesperson for the Mayor of London added: “We will be defending any challenge to this vital scheme. The Mayor urges the councils involved to abandon this costly and unnecessary legal challenge and instead focus on the health of those they represent.”

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