The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, is being condemned by drivers' associations, residents, car companies and local business for the new plans for London's congestion charge, the £25 charge for drivers of cars with CO2 emissions over 225g/km (road tax band G). For some drivers, this could add up to about £6,000 per year.

One criticism came from Porsche, which announced that it was considering taking the mayor to a judicial review to challenge the plans because all Porsche models (but two) will have to pay the highest charge. Two of London's boroughs, Kensington and Chelsea, are also considering going to court against Livingston for "exceeding" his attributions. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has its own reasons to take aim at the C-Charge. They claim that the £25 charge "will not significantly cut CO2 emissions from ultra sports cars," but will instead affect families with people carriers or people driving cars built before 1998 with engines of more than 3 liters.

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