There is just over a week left to stop Sadiq Khan's ULEZ expansion, which would see even more Greenwich residents and business owners with older vehicles charged £12.50 a day, despite the rising cost of living.
The Labour Mayor of London has proposed expanding the ULEZ charging zone to cover the whole of London from the current boundary, which follows the North and South Circulars. This would mean a £12.50 daily charge for any vehicle driven anywhere in London that doesn't meet the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) standard - enforced by a vast network of cameras costing the taxpayer £200 million to install.
This week Greenwich Conservative councillors are proposing a motion at the Town Hall calling for Labour-run Greenwich Council to abandon its support for the expansion, formally oppose the Mayor of London's proposal in the current consultation, and request instead that the funds set aside for the project are used on "fairer and more effective ways" to improve air quality.
Councillor Matt Hartley, Leader of the Opposition, said: "The cost of living crisis is biting - and Sadiq Khan's answer is to penalise even more Greenwich residents with older cars. If this new expansion goes ahead, his £12.50 daily charge will apply to non-ULEZ compliant vehicles driven anywhere in the borough - and not just inside the South Circular.
"We must improve our air quality - but there are better ways to do this than expanding the ULEZ camera network, hitting even more people who cannot afford to replace their car - particularly in areas where there are poorer public transport links. We need as many residents as possible to oppose these plans in Transport for London's consultation - and Labour councillors should stand up to the Mayor and oppose this scheme too."
You can read Conservative councillors' motion for Thursday night's Full Council meeting - as well as the Conservative Group's 23 written questions for the meeting - below.