Livingstone targets 'Chelsea tractors'

Ken Livingstone has proposed changes in London’s congestion charging which will see smaller, less polluting cars paying less and larger fuel hungry ones paying up to £25 a day.

“My aim is to see the cutting of carbon emissions and the protection of our environment at the heart of the scheme,” said Livingstone.

“There is a growing sense of concern amongst Londoners about climate change caused by CO2 emissions, which is the biggest single problem facing humanity, and tackling this threat requires decisive action.

“‘Chelsea tractors’, many of which are responsible for some of the highest CO2 emissions of any cars on our roads, have to be dealt with.

“I want TfL to look at lower congestion charges for cars responsible for lower than average CO2 emissions, broadly the retention of the current rate of £8 for most cars, and much steeper charges of perhaps £25 for the really environmentally damaging cars such as the so-called ‘Chelsea tractors’.”

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