Tuesday, July 08, 2008

London Mayor Drops Pollution Battle Against Porsche

Well, thanks to our new mayor, the car maker Porsche will carry on building and
selling luxury gas guzzling sports cars without addressing the problem of rising carbon emissions from London's road transport.

Early this year Porsche announced it would take Mayor Livingstone to court over charging drivers of the most polluting types of vehicles (VED Band G) £25 each time they entered central London. The German firm argued that the rise, due to come into force in October, was "unfair and disproportionate".

On Monday, the Mayor withdrew Ken Livingstone's proposal. By not challenging Porsche in court, the mayor was told to pay Porsche's legal costs.

According to the Guardian, 'London mayor Boris Johnson is to pay about £400,000 to Porsche after agreeing to scrap a plan to levy a £25 charge on the most polluting vehicles in the capital, it emerged last night.'

Last night Jenny Jones, Green party assembly member, said she was appalled by the decision. "This is a mayor who is telling us he wants to see value for money, and to account for every penny, and here he is paying one of the richest car companies in the world hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money."