Talking Point: Should Londoners be forced to upgrade their vehicles or pay more to meet low emission standards?

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Two of three of Sadiq Khan’s scrappage schemes were forced to end last year  (PA Wire)
Two of three of Sadiq Khan’s scrappage schemes were forced to end last year (PA Wire)

Sadiq Khan today warned that cash subsidies helping Londoners to upgrade their car before the ULEZ expansion will run out “pretty soon.”

The Ultra Low Emission Zone will expand from central London to the inner boundaries of the North and South Circular roads later this year, on October 25.

Estimates suggest that one in five vehicles in the newly revised area will have to pay the £12.50 daily levy for cars and motorbikes (which rises to £100 for lorries and coaches).

Although many are optimistic about the prospect of improved air quality, others have already expressed concern that motorists need more help replacing polluting vehicles.

Two of three of Sadiq Khan’s scrappage schemes were forced to end last year after struggling with insufficient funding and overwhelming demand.

Khan has now been urged to provide more support before the expansion sets in, with GLA Conservatives claiming to have identified £50m that could be set aside to subsidise the shift to green vehicles.

But what are your thoughts? Should Londoners be forced to upgrade their vehicles, or have to pay more to meet low emission standards? Let us know in the comments for your chance to be featured on the ES website tomorrow.

Yesterday’s Talking Point: How do you feel about visiting the city centre amid the pandemic?

Most of you seemed happy to return to central London.

“Wayneister” said “I do it everyday and I am fine,” while “deedeefowl” added: “I am 45 and took my 16 year old two weeks ago. Felt very safe and have a lovely stay.”

“Kirstina_michalaeq” was positive about the influx. “The west end is packed now that people don’t work so much they shop with all that saved money it’s like Xmas up Oxford Street last week even in the weekday.”

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