Porsche Cars Great Britain has announced its intention to make an application for judicial review of the proposed extension in the London congestion charge, which will see the cost of driving cars that produce CO2 emissions of 226g/km and above in the capital rise from £8.00 a day, or just 80p if they are residents in the congestion zone, to £25.00 a day.
Porsche believes the proposed increase in the congestion charge for Band G cars is unfair, that the increase – 3025% for Central London residents – is ‘disproportionate’ and that it will do nothing to achieve the stated aim of decreasing emissions in central London.
According to Transport for London figures, 33,000 Band G cars per day enter the congestion charge zone and will be affected by the increased charge.
Porsche claims that the effect will be to decrease CO2 emissions by only a tiny percentage – a fraction of a percentage according to many estimates – while increasing the cost of living in London and hurting business. The company suggests that in the run up to a hotly contested Mayoral election the proposal appears motivated by politics rather than sensible policy making and TfL itself has admitted that the emissions savings will be minimal.
Commenting on the Porsche action, Andy Goss, Managing Director of Porsche Cars GB, said, “A massive congestion charge increase is quite simply unjust. Thousands of car owners driving a huge range of cars will be hit by a disproportionate tax which is clear will have a very limited effect on CO2 emissions.”
Porsche will be writing to the Mayor this week. The Mayor will then have 14 days to respond to Porsche. If the Mayor fails to respond to Porsche’s letter or refuses to reconsider his plans, Porsche intends formally to submit its application for judicial review at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Mr Goss added, “Not only is this rise completely unfair to many drivers, but it will also damage London based-businesses of all sizes, and successful people from across the world will start to think twice about basing themselves here if they think they are going to be used as cash cows for City Hall. The proposed increase will be bad for London as a whole and will send out the signal that it is not serious about establishing itself as the best place in the world to do business.”
This should be an interesting story to follow…