New car tax changes will ‘hurt huge numbers of people’ including workers and the disabled

Sadiq Khan outlines why ULEZ has come into force in London

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Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Kurten warned the new fee will affect “huge numbers of people” including some of the most vulnerable in society. Hitting back at the Mayor of London, Mr Kurten said Sadiq Khan “isn’t going to be disadvantaged” by his own scheme the same way residents will be by the “extra tax”.

In particular, Mr Kurten highlighted disabled drivers and carers as those who may be unable to use public transport.

He told Express.co.uk: “I’m completely opposed to the new ULEZ expansion.

“I always have been ever since it first was suggested as an idea.

“It’s just an extra tax, it’s an extra charge on motorists. They have enough charges anyway.

“It’s going to really hurt huge numbers of people.

“Some people will be able to afford it, Sadiq Khan isn’t going to be disadvantaged by it.

“He earns a £152,000 salary so it’s not going to hurt him too much.

“The people who will really be hurt by it are ordinary working people who need to drive their cars, who can’t use public transport.

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“They’ve got this idea that everyone should be able to use public transport or walk or cycle.

“That’s great if you can and a lot of people do.

“But there’s some people who simply can’t do that, particularly disbaled people, carers who need to pick people up and drop them off, businesses who need to do deliveries or who need vans.

“Tradesmen, that’s another huge group of people who are going to be affected.

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