Porsche officially starts legal process against London's congestion charge

We've already seen Porsche make its case for an exemption from EU emissions rules. With the new, higher congestion charge announce the other day for London, it's no surprise that Porsche is fighting back there, too. It's just hard to be a car company that makes cars that spew CO2 like it's going out of style.
Today, the upper-end automaker (that's upper end of the price and the emissions scales) announced that it will start a "judicial review process" against the Mayor of London and the Transport for London group (the city organization that imposed the charge) over what it calls the "unjust 3000% congestion charge increase."

Officially, Porsche will write a letter to mayor Ken Livingstone this week, and the mayor's office will have 14 days to respond. Based on the mayor's reply, Porsche could apply to the Royal Courts of Justice to plead its case that charging drivers of dirty cars £25 to enter the city is "completely unfair."

Details in the Porsche release after the jump.


Porsche announces intention to start judicial review process against Mayor and Transport for London over unjust 3000% congestion charge increase

Porsche Cars Great Britain has announced its intention to make an application for judicial review of the proposed extension in the London congestion charge, which will see the cost of driving some cars in the capital rise from £8.00 a day, or just 80p if they are residents in the congestion zone, to £25.00 a day.

Porsche believes the proposed increase in the congestion charge for Band G cars is unfair, that the increase – 3025% for Central London residents - is 'disproportionate' and that it will do nothing to achieve the stated aim of decreasing emissions in central London.

Commenting on the Porsche action, Andy Goss, Managing Director of Porsche Cars GB, said, "A massive congestion charge increase is quite simply unjust. Thousands of car owners driving a huge range of cars will be hit by a disproportionate tax which is clear will have a very limited effect on CO2 emissions."

Porsche will be writing to the Mayor this week. The Mayor will then have 14 days to respond to Porsche. If the Mayor fails to respond to Porsche's letter or refuses to reconsider his plans, Porsche intends formally to submit its application for judicial review at the Royal Courts of Justice summary of the judicial review process is given in a separate document to accompany this release).

Mr Goss added, "Not only is this rise completely unfair to many drivers, but it will also damage London based-businesses of all sizes, and successful people from across the world will start to think twice about basing themselves here if they think they are going to be used as cash cows for City Hall. The proposed increase will be bad for London as a whole and will send out the signal that it is not serious about establishing itself as the best place in the world to do business."

[Source: Porsche]

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