High Court’s Verdict Looms as London Mayor’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) Expansion Faces Legal Challenge from Harrow Borough and Conservative-Run Councils
In a highly anticipated development, the High Court is set to deliver its ruling this morning on the contentious plan by the London Mayor to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the capital’s outer boroughs, which includes Harrow.
The London Borough of Harrow, along with four other conservative-run councils, initiated legal action against the expansion back in February, and the court’s decision will determine the fate of the ULEZ extension, scheduled to take effect on 29 August. The ULEZ, currently implemented in central and inner London, aims to curb pollution by imposing a daily charge of £12.50 on the drivers of the most polluting vehicles.
The Ultra Low Emission Zone was first introduced in central London to combat the alarming levels of air pollution and improve air quality in the city. It established strict emissions standards, requiring vehicles entering the zone to meet specific environmental criteria or face hefty charges. The initiative has shown positive results, prompting Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to propose an extension of the ULEZ to encompass the capital’s outer boroughs.
However, the proposed expansion has faced significant resistance from conservative-run councils, including the London Borough of Harrow. In a joint effort, they launched legal action against the Mayor’s plan in February, citing concerns about the potential impact on residents, businesses, and mobility within the affected areas. The councils have argued that the ULEZ extension may disproportionately burden lower-income individuals and small businesses who rely on older vehicles, potentially leading to financial strain and reduced access to essential services.
Following legal deliberation, the High Court is now poised to announce its ruling on the matter. This pivotal decision will determine whether the ULEZ will extend its reach to Harrow and other outer boroughs or if the plan will be halted in its tracks.
Harrow Online will provide live updates on the court’s decision and reactions later this morning.