Livingstone’s latest manoeuvre in his war on motorists is a daily charge of £25 for cars with emissions over 225g/km (road tax band G), which would mean drivers entering the zone every working day facing an annual bill of about £6,000.Can you imagine New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg levying a $50 charge on luxury cars and SUVs for the privilege of entering New York? Impossible! Interestingly, legendary German automaker Porsche is now getting into the ring to fight for the right of Londoners to enjoy powerful German machinery. If anything else, British poseurs are a large customer base for Porsche. Good with words as usual, Livingstone calls these automobiles "Chelsea Tractor[s]." It's an interesting battle and Red Ken's record so far is sterling in beating down challenges to his authori-ta: From the Daily Telegraph:
Car company Porsche is to launch a legal challenge over the decision by London mayor Ken Livingstone to hike the congestion charge in the capital from £8 to £25 for gas-guzzling vehicles.
Porsche said the decision, which affects 33,000 cars in London, was simply "unjust", representing a big increase for owners of sports cars and 4x4 vehicles. Residents in the zone who own such vehicles face a 3,025pc leap in charges against the 80p per day they currently pay.
Porsche plans to apply for a judicial review of the decision, due to take effect from October 27. "Thousands of car owners driving a huge range of cars will be hit by a disproportionate tax which is clear will have a very limited effect on CO2 emissions," said Andy Moss, managing director of Porsche Cars GB.
Mr Livingstone announced the planned charge hike earlier this month in a move to drive Band G vehicles and those that have engines over 3,000cc off the capital's roads. "Nobody needs to damage the environment by driving a gas-guzzling Chelsea Tractor in central London," he said. The move is part of the mayor's drive to reduce London's CO2 emissions by 60pc by 2025.
A spokesman for the mayor said: "No one is allowed to throw their rubbish in the street and Porsche should not be allowed to impose gas-guzzling polluting cars on Londoners who do not want them."
Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate, countered: "Porsche have a point." He added: "This has become an emissions charge, not a congestion charge and an ineffective one at that."