THE High Court has allowed further grounds for a coalition of councils – including Hillingdon - to challenge expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone.

The coalition, also comprising Bexley, Bromley and Harrow, along with Surrey County Council, can now claim:

- unfair and unlawful consultation on expected compliance rates in outer London

- uncertainty and inadequate consultation on the scrappage scheme.

The leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllr Ian Edwards, said: "These grounds are key to understanding the harm ULEZ expansion will have on our residents. 

"The Mayor estimated that only one in 10 of vehicles in outer London would be non-compliant, but this is proving to be widely inaccurate.

“Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders shows one in six cars registered in outer London did not meet ULEZ standards last year, and a new study by TfL found half the vans registered in outer London are not compliant. 

"As each day passes, the harm that ULEZ expansion will cause is becoming clearer. There will be a massive financial impact on motorists and businesses, as well as enormous social harm.”