Sadiq Khan 'unwilling to delay' Ulez expansion
Thousands of bikers are preparing to circle London on the M25 orbital motorway to protest London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s ULEZ scheme.
Motorcyclists will be meeting at key locations around the busy road to demonstrate their opposition to the scheme, which is due to be enforced in all of the capital’s 32 boroughs from August 29.
The world-amous 85 year old ACE Cafe – a legendary motorcycle haunt on the North Circular Road – is just one of the meeting points for the rally.
Bikers will also be meeting at the Cobham Services, Clackett Lane, Heston Services, South Mimms and Thurrock Services at 12.30pm before heading to the final destination point, Rykas Boxhill Car Park in Surrey.
Alan Miller, Together Co-Founder, said: “The motorbike is synonymous with freedom and fun.
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“From the Triumph to the Norton, as well as Vespas, the United Kingdom has had a love affair with motorcycles since the late nineteenth century.
“Hugely popular and part of our culture and way of life, they are also now coming under attack by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s unnecessary, undemocratic, unjustified and unfair ULEZ imposition.”
Mr Miller added: “”We are proud at the Stop ULEZ Coalition to be working with so many people who are opposed to ULEZ and committed to challenging it. This rally represents part of the heartbeat of our way of life and society.
“We need everyone to tell their MP their vote depends on where they stand on ULEZ and get this stopped together.”
Phil Elliot, UK Unites, said: “Motorbikes are part of the solution not the problem.
“Two wheels, an engine and the ability to move easily around should be promoted not penalised.”
“For many, motorbikes were a passion, a lifestyle or a necessity which had been proven to reduce congestion and pollution,” he said.
Mr Elliot added: “The ULEZ is an unnecessary cash grab hitting the poorest in a cost of living crisis and must be scrapped.”
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Howard Cox, Founder of FairFuel UK and London Mayoral Candidate, said: “3.6 million licensed motorcyclists travel a staggering 4.4 billion miles across the country on two wheels and into our cities every year.
“Yet Sadiq Khan classifies them not as the lowest road user emitters they undoubtedly are or that they take trifling space on our roads, NO! he sees them as easy to fleece cash cows.
“They do more in improving air quality than any petrol-powered vehicle.”
Lembit Opik, Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) and a former Liberal Democrat MP, said: “Motorcyclists are incensed by the hated ULEZ expansion. It’s unnecessary, unjustified and unscientific.
“There’s no health benefit to this tax on access to the city. Bikers are part of the travel solution, not the problem, and even older bikes cut emissions and congestion.
“But promise-breaking Khan doesn’t care. That’s why thousands of riders from London and beyond are standing up to the most undemocratic and anti-biker mayor in London’s history.”
Nick Arlett, Action against ULEZ said: “Two wheels ain’t a hobby, they are a way of life. Don’t just sit and lose what you love. Join us in our ride for freedom.”
Speaking in July, a spokesman for Mr Khan said: “The Mayor has been clear that the decision to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone London-wide was not an easy one, but necessary to tackle toxic air pollution and the climate crisis.
“Around 4,000 Londoners die prematurely each year due to air pollution, children are growing up with stunted lungs and thousands of people in our city are developing life-changing illnesses, such as cancer, lung disease, dementia and asthma.
“We know the ULEZ works as it’s already allowed more than four million people to breathe cleaner air in inner London and harmful nitrogen dioxide concentrations have been cut by nearly half in central London.”
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