Here is a response to an email sent to the Local London Assembly
Member - she obviously thinks we have lots of money to continually change our cars whenever the bureaucrats have a new way of thinking
So out of touch. Please write to her with your views Leonie.Cooper@london.gov.uk
Thank you very much for your correspondence- when you say you have a car just 3 years old, then I have a couple of comments for you:
1.) The small encouragement to purchase diesel was introduced in 2001, prior to Sadiq Khan becoming an MP. The information about diesel being problematic for health emerged strongly in 2012 (it was declared carcinogenic by the World Health Organisation), so before you purchased your current vehicle. Unfortunately, the then Mayor of London did not publicise this sufficiently, so I’m sorry you purchased your vehicle based on encouragement from so long ago, rather than in the light of more recent information - but that is not Sadiq Khan’s fault.
2.) If your vehicle is just 3 years old, like many people you probably change it quite regularly. As the expanded ULEZ will not be arriving until over 3 years time, you may well have changed your vehicle again by then. Now the information is quite clear, purchasing another diesel if you live in London will cost you money if you wish to enter the ULEZ - so either don’t purchase a new vehicle at all and switch to other modes, or go electric or hybrid.
I am very well aware that there is strength of feeling on this matter - but this is on both sides. I am getting just as much correspondence from parents of children who are suffering from lung conditions, or those caring for breathless elderly relatives, who want the expanded ULEZ now, rather than waiting until late 2021. I don’t think we can ignore this public health emergency any longer, but giving people over 3 years to prepare for the change is necessary, so on balance, I think the Mayor is correct to take this step - which will require us all to change much of our behaviour.
Leonie Cooper AM
London Assembly Member, Merton & Wandsworth
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