Labor mayor of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), Sadiq Khan, is forcing charities to halt services because the scrapping scheme ‘doesn’t fit’, with animal charities and schools speaking out against it.
The much-hated scheme aims to force Londoners to pay £12.50 a day to drive in the capital from August 29, if their cars fail to meet certain environmental standards.
London Secretary Paul Scully told MailOnline that Sadiq Khan needed to “get a handle” on his controversial policies.
The Tory MP said: ‘London will be hammered by the mayor’s tax grab.
“He’s mismanaged TfL, his scrapping scheme doesn’t fit and now he’s making animal charities pay the price.
London minister Paul Scully (pictured) told MailOnline that Labor mayor of London Sadiq Khan needed to ‘get a handle’ on his controversial ULEZ policy
Dogs on the Streets, which provides vital health care for dogs with homeless or vulnerable owners, said it would have to give up its delivery address in Enfield over Sadiq Khan’s (pictured) ULEZ charge
At least half a dozen charities have revealed ULEZ and the lack of a scrapping scheme means they will have to stop their services
“Khan needs to listen to Londoners and get to grips with this unpopular policy.”
At least half a dozen charities have revealed that the missing scrapping scheme means they will have to stop their services.
Charities said the scrapping scheme does not provide enough money to modify or replace a vehicle in today’s market and only allows them to claim a grant for one car.
Dogs on the Streets, which provides vital health care for dogs with homeless or vulnerable owners, said it would have to give up its delivery address in Enfield over Sadiq Khan’s charges.
The charity accused Sadiq Khan of having “absolutely no compassion for our homeless and vulnerable community on the streets.”
The controversial plan will force Londoners to pay an incredible £12.50 a day to drive in the capital from August 29 if their cars fail to meet certain environmental standards
Khan’s office has brushed aside the charity’s concerns for years.
In 2021, when ULEZ was extended into central London, Sadiq Khan’s deputy Shirley Rodrigues told Dogs on the Streets to ‘raise money’ to pay the charge, after the charity explained the scrapping scheme would not help them.
Khan even accused Dogs on the Streets of refusing aid.
Michelle Clark, founder and director of Dogs on the Streets, said: ‘Our dog transport vehicle in daily use does not meet the requirements for retrofit, so we may no longer need to use it when the ULEZ expansion comes into effect.
“It would cost the charity £20,000 – £30,000 to completely change the vehicle, and that’s money we just don’t have.”
Another charity struggling because of ULEZ is Wallington Animal Rescue, an animal, pet and wildlife rescue charity based in Sutton.
The charity has already been forced to sell one of its two rescue vehicles because it was not ULEZ compliant.
Replacing the others will cost the charity at least £17,000 million, far more than the subsidies provided by the scrapping scheme.
Amanda Blackwell and Neil Blackwell, founders of Wallington Animal Rescue, said: ‘The whole ULEZ thing has put an immeasurable amount of stress on our rescue.
‘We had two vehicles covering the London Borough of Sutton, now we only have one left.
“This whole thing is costing us thousands of pounds, money we can’t afford. We are a small charity struggling under immense pressure post Covid and in the cost of living crisis.
‘We see a huge increase in people who want to donate animals for financial reasons.
‘We see the little money we receive diminishing anyway.
“The situation in the animal rescue world is definitely reaching a crisis point.
“ULEZ will be the final nail in the coffin for many small independent rescues.”
Charity Begins at Home, which supplies food, clothing and essential items to those in need, has warned it will also have to shut down operations because of Sadiq Khan’s ULEZ expansion.
The charity warned that the plan could put more people on the streets.
Meanwhile, it was revealed last year that TfL rejected a ULEZ rebate or exemption request from Serv Herts and Beds, which is part of a nationwide voluntary organization that provides free blood, medical samples and breast milk to the NHS.
Volunteers use their own vehicles, fuel and insurance – meaning that once again ULEZ risks shutting down another charity’s services.
Other charities including Humdum UK and
Hatton School and Special Needs Center are also facing closure of their services due to the lack of a demolition scheme and expansion of ULEZ.
City Hall Conservative transport spokesman Nick Rogers said: ‘Sadiq Khan’s brutal and unnecessary expansion of ULEZ is forcing charities to close services, all because of his own TfL financial mismanagement.
The scrapping scheme is woefully inadequate and will do next to nothing to address the damage its ULEZ expansion plans will wreak.
“Sadiq Khan must scrap this disastrous policy, which an overwhelming majority of Londoners have told him they don’t want.”
MailOnline has contacted the Mayor of London for comment.