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15/07/02
Judges to Rule on Road-Pricing
- Council takes Livingstone scheme to court on environmental grounds

ROAD-PRICING faces a legal challenge today on the unlikely grounds of environmental danger.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone has been backed by environmental groups in his scheme to charge motorists UKP5 a time for driving into central London but the High Court will today hear protests that air pollution could rise after the introduction of road-pricing.

"We need a proper debate on the merits and practicalities of the scheme," said Kit Malthouse, Deputy Leader of Westminster Council, who are challenging Livingstone.

Malthouse says studies have shown that the areas just outside the paid-for inner circle of central London will see traffic congestion, and therefore air pollution, shoot up. Westminster Council want the Mayor to commission more research on the problem, but Livingstone is not keen.

He said: "Every one of my decisions has been looked at by barristers and subject to proper legal study. We have done everything possible to proceed lawfully and we hope that we will be allowed to proceed on this basis."





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