On Wednesday, a Tory MP supported vandalism by his constituents, warning City Hall that a wave of destruction against the cameras police the Ulez extension was on the rise.
This week, the Ulez extension to the London boundary went into effect, making drivers of older, more polluting automobiles in the boroughs outside of London responsible for a daily fee of £12.50.
TfL is fighting against protesters who are destroying some of the nearly 3,000 cameras required to monitor the growth.
Devices have been taken out, had their wires cut, painted, and torn down all throughout the capital.
In the last two weeks, activists assert that they have destroyed, vandalized, or stolen nearly 600 cameras.
Sir Iain Duncan Smith, a Tory lawmaker, reportedly supports the so-called “blade runners” who are damaging the technology.
The cameras have been covered with plastic bags or cement in the Chingford and Woodford Green MP’s constituency, according to the Daily Mail.I’m glad they did it because they are dealing with an obligation that nobody wants and have been misled about it.
The behaviors you observe demonstrate how outraged people are with the demands being made of them.
Senior London Tories were accused of “condoning criminality” in the run-up to the expansion after it emerged that they helped manage social media groups that applauded the destruction of Ulez cameras and disseminated conspiracies about Sadiq Khan.
The theft and criminal destruction of Ulez cameras and infrastructure have increased recently, according to a statement made by The Met on Wednesday. The force said that it is looking into many reports of criminal property destruction.
Charges against Joseph Nicolls, 42, of Sidcup include criminal damage, handling stolen property, and aiding or abetting property destruction. In June of the following year, he will go on trial.
The Crown Prosecution Service dropped a charge against another guy last month, according to the Met.
Susan Hall, a Conservative who is running against Mr. Khan, has vowed to halt the expansion “on day one” if she is elected.
The Ulez’s detractors claim it will further burden the most vulnerable during a crisis in the cost of living.
Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah and London Mayor Sadiq Khan / PA Wire
Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, whose daughter Ella passed away in 2013 as a result of air pollution, claimed that she was “relieved” that the expansion had finally taken place.
She said, “My borough is now not divided,” referring to the fact that Ulez was formerly enclosed inside the North and South Circular roads.
Children do really reside on the South Circular. They reside right there. As you pass the windows, pay attention to all the dark patches.Lewisham has one of London’s highest incidences of asthma.
Ella, a nine-year-old girl who passed away from an asthma attack, became the first individual in a British inquest to have air pollution listed as a cause of death.
Vandalism on our network is unacceptable, and all occurrences are referred to the police for inquiry, according to a TfL spokesman. Criminals who damage Ulez cameras run the possibility of being caught and suffering life-altering injuries, while also endangering the public’s safety.Vandalism of cameras won’t stop the Ulez from running around London.
The Prime Minister and MPs have both criticized the expansion, which has also been linked to Labour’s defeat in the recent parliamentary by-election in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
But Mr. Khan has stressed that his performance in a number of areas, such as the provision of affordable housing and his choice to offer free lunches in all primary schools, will be evaluated during the election the following year. When asked if his campaign for a third term in office at City Hall may be jeopardized by the anti-pollution stance, he responded, “My job over the next few months is to campaign on my track record.
“Whether it’s the free school lunch program that will begin the next week, whether it’s improving the air quality in our city, whether it’s the record number of mentors in our city, the record level of investment in our policing, record numbers of affordable homes, or record numbers of council homes. Elections are not referendums, but rather contests over a variety of subjects.
Mr. Khan went on to say that yesterday was a “landmark day” for the city and claimed that the Ulez extension has the backing of the silent majority of Londoners.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn