IGA opposes extension proposal to London’s ultra low emission zone

88 per cent of surveyed independent garages say an extension would have an adverse effect on business

IGA opposes extension proposal to London’s ultra low emission zone
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The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has responded to the Mayor of London’s consultation, opposing his proposed plans to extend the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in August 2023.

The IGA surveyed its members based within the M25 orbital motorway to understand their views on the proposed extension, and 95 per cent did not support the proposal.

Some 88 per cent felt that the extension would have an adverse effect on their business, and 86 per cent felt it would result in job losses.

Stuart James, IGA chief executive said: “While the IGA agrees that it is vital to improve air quality, tackle the climate emergency and reduce traffic congestion across Greater London, we feel strongly that now is not the right time to impose a £12.50 per day cost onto small local businesses and low-income households.

“Our members overwhelmingly feel that extending the ULEZ would negatively affect their business and customers, to the point where some are worried that they will not be able to afford to keep their business trading.

“Contrary to Sadiq Khan’s statement that most vehicles within the extension zone are already ULEZ compliant, 98 per cent of our surveyed members disagreed based on the vehicles they are seeing at their businesses on a daily basis.

“Given the bleak economic outlook and current strain that both businesses and households are under, it is unrealistic to imagine that many motorists could afford to either pay a £12.50 daily charge to drive their car or purchase an ultra-low emission vehicle.

“We ask that consideration is given to how extending the ULEZ will affect small business and low-income households, who will all suffer the greatest impact if the extension goes ahead and can least afford the additional financial burden.”

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3 Comments

  1. yet again a bad idea by people in power with no idea
    what is needed to remove thease idiots from decision making ????

    Reply
    • Agree.

      There was a clio 2000 year 30k Miles, one owner from new etc etc, Had to go as ulez moved, Guy fly from north Ireland and drive it back. That’s like 10 years of its current use in 5 days of carbon footprint

      Reply
    • Sadgit khant the useless London major that’s who

      Reply

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