Harrow Council has announced that the High Court has granted permission for a Judicial Review into the proposed expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) London-wide from August 2023.
The legal challenge was launched by a coalition of councils, including the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Hillingdon, and Harrow, along with Surrey County Council, against Transport for London (TfL) and the Mayor of London’s plans to expand the ULEZ to outer London.
Permission has been granted on the grounds of the failure to comply with relevant statutory requirements and whether the Mayor properly considered the previous “buffer zone” approach as a material consideration in relation to the scrappage scheme.
The hearing of the claim is likely to be listed in the week commencing Monday 3 July or shortly thereafter.
Cllr Paul Osborn, Leader of Harrow Council, said: “This success is the first stage of the legal battle against the unpopular scheme which means the case will go to a hearing at the High Court. We are confident that the court will see how process was not followed through and proper steps not taken in relation to the scrappage scheme.
“We have always had concerns about the impact ULEZ will have on our residents and businesses who are already struggling with the rising costs of living – it’s simply unfair!
“We will not back down on our fight against ULEZ and will continue to stand up for our residents.”