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PROGRESS: Court allows Greater London councils additional grounds for challenging ULEZ

 Published on: 8th June 2023   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

The High Court has announced it will allow further grounds for challenge as part of a judicial review into the proposed expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

Previously, on April 12, the High Court granted permission for the coalition comprising Hillingdon, Bexley, Bromley, Harrow and Surrey councils to challenge the legality of Transport for London (TfL) and the Mayor of London’s plans to expand ULEZ to outer London from August 2023.

This was on the grounds of failure to comply with relevant statutory requirements, and whether the Mayor properly considered the previous ‘buffer zone’ approach in relation to the scrappage scheme.

On May 25, the court confirmed that the coalition was successful in its appeal for additional grounds for challenge.

The additional grounds are unfair and unlawful consultation in relation to expected compliance rates in outer London, and irrationality due to uncertainty and inadequate consultation regarding the scrappage scheme.

Councillor Ian Edwards, the Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: “As each day passes, the harm that the expansion of ULEZ will cause is becoming clearer and the sheer number of vehicles that don’t meet ULEZ emissions standards in Greater London suggests there will be a massive financial impact on motorists and businesses, as well as enormous social harm.

“We believe that we’ve assembled a valid and robust case to put before the court and have every confidence that the inappropriateness and harm of these expansion proposals will be given the scrutiny, exposure, and ultimately, the expulsion they deserve.”

The judicial review is likely to be listed in the week commencing July 3, or shortly thereafter.

On June 1, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced that tens of thousands more Londoners, including all those receiving Child Benefit and all small businesses in the capital, will now be eligible for financial support to replace polluting vehicles from the end of July.

This comes after a recent survey revealed that 50 per cent of Hillingdon car owners have vehicles that are non-compliant with ULEZ emissions standards.

Mayor Khan has been contacted for comment.

 

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