NHS compelled to spend virtually £65m to make ambulances ULEZ compliant
- London Ambulance Service mentioned 255 of non-compliant automobiles want changing
Under Ulez, drivers should pay £12.50 a day to drive within the capital if their automobile fails to satisfy emissions requirements.
It was expanded to cowl the entire of Greater London in August.
Freedom of Information requests despatched to NHS ambulance companies within the South of England reveal the agreements made with Transport for London that exempt them from the expanded Ulez for a brief interval whereas their fleet is made compliant.
Each automobile prices £140,000 to exchange. The South East Coast Ambulance Service has till October 2025 to exchange 279 automobiles.
The London Ambulance Service mentioned 27 per cent of its frontline fleet is just not compliant, so 255 automobiles want changing.
The London Ambulance Service mentioned 27 per cent of its frontline fleet is just not compliant, so 255 automobiles want changing
The NHS has been compelled to spend almost £65 million to make a whole bunch of ambulances compliant with London Mayor Sadiq Khan ‘s Ulez scheme
Under Ulez, drivers should pay £12.50 a day to drive within the capital if their automobile fails to satisfy emissions requirements
The cost has additionally hit employees and sufferers travelling to hospitals within the zone in non-compliant automobiles.
Following the Uxbridge outcome, Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer mentioned that Mr Khan ought to ‘mirror’ on ULEZ because of the ‘affect it is having on folks’.
Tory chairman Richard Holden mentioned: ”These revolutions are surprising – even by Mayor Khan’s requirements.
‘Taxing hardworking folks to easily drive their vehicles was dangerous sufficient – however Mayor Khan ham-mering our NHS ambulance companies with tens of thousands and thousands of kilos of additional value, simply to do their job and get to sufferers to hospital is downright disgraceful.
‘The taxpayer shouldn’t be compelled to swallow the price of one other one among Sadiq Khan’s ideologi-cally obsessive vainness initiatives.’
Susan Hall, the Tory candidate for subsequent yr’s mayoral election, mentioned: ‘These eyewatering sums present one other value of the ULEZ growth that Sadiq Khan would moderately ignore.
‘When our NHS is compelled to spend tens of thousands and thousands to adjust to Sadiq’s tax-grab plan, absolutely the Mayor must fess up and admit that he is obtained it improper? But we all know he will not.
‘He’s ignored Londoners, he’ll ignore everybody else – I’m decided to see him out of workplace in May, and his ULEZ growth shall be gone on my first day as Mayor.’
A spokesman for Mr Khan mentioned: ‘The Ulez is about saving the NHS cash in the long run.
‘If no additional motion is taken to scale back air air pollution, the associated fee to the NHS and social care system in London is estimated to be £10.4 billion by 2050.’