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Bucks Council opposes Mayor of London’s emissions zone scheme

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Bucks council has joined other local authorities in opposing the Mayor of London’s plans to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone (known as ULEZ).

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan wants Greater London to be under ULEZ conditions by the end of August, meaning drivers with non-compliant vehicles will be paying £12.50 each time they drive through the city.

Vehicles must meet Euro emissions standards which are laid out in vehicle log books, in order to avoid additional payments.

Bucks Council has joined other local authorities in Greater London, Essex and Hertfordshire in opposing the move, which was approved by Transport for London.

However, despite these oppositions, the Mayor of London is sticking by his expansion plans. Data from the mayor suggests that 4,000 people in London die prematurely from toxic air.

He also claimed council leaders would be responsible if they did not signpost warnings when residents were heading towards ULEZ areas. Bucks Council is one of the local authorities refusing to place these signs up in areas bordering ULEZ sections.

Bucks Council has asked the mayor to come up with public transport improvement options between Greater London and Bucks and is also asking for ULEZ profits to be reinvested into improving transport options into and outside of London.

Councillor Steven Broadbent said: “Buckinghamshire residents are being expected to absorb the adverse impacts of the scheme without any financial support or assistance from TfL.This is unacceptable.”

At this time the council has not received a response from the London-based official.

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