As the victor in the case, Porsche will receive a six-figure lump sum to pay its legal bills, but the German automaker isn't interested in the money. The money will be donated to UK-based Skidz, which teaches at-risk kids to be automotive mechanics. Mayor Johnson will now work to introduce a 'fairer and more effective' congestion charge. Hit the jump for a bit of Porsche gloating in press release form.
[Source: Autoblog Green]
Stuttgart/London. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, and its sales subsidiary Porsche Cars Great Britain, won their fight against the increase in the London congestion charge. The signature of a consent order by an administrative court in London has finally swept the plans of the former Mayor, Ken Livingstone, to introduce an unfair and disproportionate daily charge of £25 per driver in central London off the table. The agreement also included the award of legal costs. Porsche will donate these costs, expected to be a six-figure sum, to the British youth charity Skidz.
Andy Goss, Managing Director of Porsche Cars Great Britain, said, "We were always confident that our legal case was right and that we would win in the end. The charge was clearly unfair and was actually going to increase emissions in London. Porsche is proud to have played a decisive role in striking down such a blatantly political tax increase targeting motorists."
Porsche said at the outset that the proposed congestion charge would be bad for London. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London since the beginning of May, accepted that his predecessor's plans were wrong and quite possibly even unlawful. It is therefore a logical step for Porsche to give the legal costs awarded back to the people of London in the form of a charitable donation. The Skidz project trains at-risk young people as car mechanics and reintegrates them into society.