GMB Union released a statement for ULEZ Expansion to be delayed warning it will “cost lives and money”. Union says many workers will be impacted and Khan must “listen to the people”.
The Union statement is as follows: “The ULEZ Expansion, coming into force 29th August 2023, is generating much concern and anxiety amongst workers driving to work or using vehicles for work, whose vehicle is not ELEZ compliant. During a cost of living crisis, most people feel that this is the wrong time to be introducing this stealth tax. GMB members have made their concerns known and we support a call for The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and TFL to reconsider the implementation of the ULEZ expansion.
“GMB is aware that pollution is a major problem but believes there must be more consideration given to the plight of workers on low incomes who simply cannot afford the purchase of a ULEZ-compliant vehicle due to the cost of living crisis and with it, the constant battle to pay bills and put food on the table.
“GMB has concerns regarding the speed of the implementation of the ULEZ expansion in Greater London, wherein there is often a poor transport network, the scrappage scheme does not go far enough for low-paid workers and for members working in sectors around the clock who feel unduly penalised in a cost of living crisis.
“We know this is very worrying for so many and we want the voices of our members to be heard.
“Join GMB’s campaign calling for TFL to postpone the ULEZ expansion, and give proper consideration to the overall impact and timing of its implementation.”
(Source: GMB Union)