High Court ruling allows Sadiq Khan to roll out ULEZ expansion
Transport Secretary Mark Harper has the legal power to intervene to stop Sadiq Khan’s hated tax on drivers in London, a senior Tory MP has claimed.
South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay’s constituents in Kent are set to join hundreds of thousands more in being hit with Sadiq Khan’s £12.50 charge a day to use the roads in outer London when he expands the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on August 29.
But Mr Mackinlay, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers, has revealed that Mr Harper can intervene.
So far the Transport Secretary has claimed that there is nothing he can do because powers are “devolved to the Mayor of London”, but a law on national infrastructure could allow him to intervene.
It comes as Rishi Sunak has revealed today that he is to order a review of anti-car schemes.
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He pointed out that the Greater London Authority Act 1999 legislates for the powers and devolved authority of the London Mayor and Assembly.
It reserved powers in all such devolution settlements remain with the Secretary of State including transport.
This includes when the Secretary of State considers that “a. the transport strategy (or any part of it) is inconsistent with national policies relating to transport, and, b. the inconsistency is detrimental to any area outside Greater London, he may direct the Mayor to make such revisions of the transport strategy in order to remove the inconsistency as may be specified in the direction.”
The Bill adds: “Where the Secretary of State gives the Mayor a direction under subsection (1) above, the Mayor shall revise the transport strategy in accordance with the direction.”
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Mr Mackinlay said: “In my view, given the importance of London to the national economy and transport, the Secretary of State should exercise powers to stop the anti-motorist crusade being pushed by this failed Mayor which will hurt the poorest hardest and which additionally has economic repercussions across the South East and the wider country.”
Currently, Londoners’ only hope appears to be the London Mayor election in May next year.
Conservative candidate Susan Hall has vowed to turn off the Ulez cameras in outer London on day one if she is elected as London Mayor.
Reform UK candidate Howard Cox has gone a step further promising to end Ulez in inner London too.
The issue has gone to the fore since the Uxbridge and South Ruislip by-election earlier this month where the Ulez expansion and unpopularity of Sadiq Khan were blamed for Labour’s defeat.
ULEZ charges affect people with petrol vehicles older than 2005 and diesel drivers older than 2015.
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