Sutton Lib Dems fight ULEZ plan

11 Jan 2023
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Today, Lib-Dem run Sutton Council has continued its fight against Mayor Sadiq Khan’s unfair ULEZ expansion by refusing to give TfL access to roll out the scheme in our borough.

From day one, we have been clear that the ULEZ expansion is unfair on local people.

Sutton does not have the public transport links other boroughs rely on, like tube and overground services. Instead, people here need cars to get around. 

We are concerned that the costs will be shouldered by people already struggling to get by in a difficult time, including small business owners and key workers.

Liberal Democrats want to see action on air pollution. We have been clear that ULEZ can only work for Sutton if it is fair to residents. That means: 

  • A proper scrappage scheme that covers all residents and struggling small businesses 
  • More time for people to change to compliant vehicles
  • Investment in public transport including new buses and trams

Transport for London (TfL) and the Mayor have not met these conditions and so we are taking a stand. 

Sutton Council will not be signing a Section 8 agreement with TfL, which means we are not cooperating and no Sutton Council funds or resources will be spent on installing ULEZ cameras.

We are taking this step to send a strong signal to the Mayor that he must start listening to local people. Though the Mayor has the right to overrule us, and may attempt to force this unpopular decision on the residents of Sutton, we are clear that would be the wrong thing to do.

The position of Sutton Liberal Democrats and the Council could not be clearer. We will continue to stand up for Sutton and fight for what is right by local residents and businesses. 

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