Priti slams ULEZ expansion ‘tax grab’
The Witham MP, Priti Patel, has continued to stand up for motorists in Essex who face paying the costs of the Labour Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s hated ULEZ tax, which will affect vehicles crossing the Greater London boundary, when it is expanded in two weeks’ time on 29 August. The £12.50 per day charge will be imposed on vehicles that do not meet set standards and will hit those on low incomes and small businesses the hardest, as they are least able to afford to upgrade their vehicles.
Those vehicles currently exempt from the ULEZ charge could face paying fees in the future as Mayor Khan has made no secret of his plans to introduce more charges on motorists. Witham constituents who travel to London for work or to visit family have been in contact with Priti to voice their opposition, since the Mayor announced his plans.
Priti, who has campaigned to support motorists by securing cuts and freezes to fuel duty, said: “The Labour Party’s war on motorists continues and in two weeks hard working families and businesses in Essex will be hit hard by Sadiq Khan’s ULEZ tax. Many of my constituents need to travel into London by car or van and this punitive border tax is unfair and unjust. This is a tax grab on those least able to afford it. With Mayor Khan already looking at using the network of ULEZ cameras to expand road pricing to more vehicles in the future, all motorists will face higher costs under Labour.”