'We have a massive air pollution problem': Sir Keir Starmer supports ULEZ expansion to ‘entirety of Greater London’

12 December 2022, 12:09

Sir Keir Starmer supports ULEZ expansion

By Phoebe Dampare Osei

Sir Keir Starmer says if drivers pay for electric vehicles over a 10-year period, it works out cheaper than paying up front and is still eco-friendly.

Sir Keir Starmer told Nick Ferrari at Breakfast on LBC that he supports Sadiq Khan’s intention to expand ULEZ to the rest of London.

“I'm sure you’re aware that London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to expand the ULEZ to the entirety of Greater London”, Nick began.

“There are major concerns in the care industry and others that people simply won't be able to afford to work in London. Do you support the charge?”

The Labour leader answered: “I do support what the Mayor is doing…”

“People can't afford to run their cars Sir Keir!” Nick cut in.

The Leader of the Opposition continued: “Obviously we need to accommodate communities and those that need to travel around, but we do have a massive air pollution problem in this country - particularly here in London - and we can't keep walking around it.”

READ MORE: London ULEZ zone expands to cover ENTIRE capital from next year, Sadiq Khan announces

ULEZ was introduced in 2019 and initially covered Central London, but in October last year it was expanded to include all areas within the North and South Circular Roads.

It was then announced at the end of November that the whole of the capital would be covered from next year.

READ MORE: Leonardo DiCaprio backs London Ulez expansion saying it will 'build a better, greener fairer London'

The Labour leader agreed “better scrappage” is needed to help with the cost of using electric vehicles.

Sir Keir explained: “My sense of so many people is that nobody objects to going green in the sense that we all know we’ve got to do our bit…but most people say ‘I just can’t afford it right now.’”

“What I’d like to see on electric vehicles is a government-backed scheme that allows you to pay for it, let’s say, over a ten year period”, he continued.

He pointed out that “you’re not paying for fuel”, making it cheaper compared to buying up front.

Users took to Twitter to share their opinions.

More Nick Ferrari

See more More Nick Ferrari

Nick Ferrari pressed Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson regarding trans women and bathrooms.

'So which lavatory would they actually use?': Nick Ferrari presses shadow minister on trans women and public toilets

Postal minister Kevin Hollinrake has said a future Tory government could intervene in the deal for Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky to take over the Royal Mail.

'Not a done deal': Minister says Royal Mail sale to foreign owner may not take place

Home Secretary James Cleverly (left) and shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper take part in a live immigration debate on LBC's Nick Ferrari at Breakfast at Global Studios in Leicester Square, London. Picture date: Tuesday June 25, 2024.

James Cleverly debates Yvette Cooper on immigration | Watch Again

Yvette Cooper slammed Just Stop Oil as 'pathetic'

Yvette Cooper slams 'pathetic' Just Stop Oil as she brands Stonehenge stunt a 'total disgrace'

Laura Saunders, the Conservative candidate for Bristol North West

Tory candidate being investigated over alleged election date bet is 'married to Conservative Director of Campaigns'

Gambling probes into two Tory candidates are a 'betrayal of trust' in Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove has said.

Gove says election bets are ‘betrayal of Prime Minister’s trust’ as second Tory candidate investigated by regulator

Keir Starmer came out on top after LBC’s two exclusive phone-ins

Keir Starmer comes out on top after LBC phone-ins – as Rishi Sunak seen as ‘overwhelmingly negative’

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer during LBC's Nick Ferrari at Breakfast

'We would seek a better agreement' Keir Starmer tells LBC where he thinks "botched" Brexit deal can be improved

Sir Keir Starmer speaks to LBC

‘No magic wand’ to recruit more teachers as Starmer insists removing ‘tax breaks’ for private schools is ‘tough choice’

Tom Weatherall is still searching for his treasured medals which went missing in France

Renewed plea for missing medals lost in France as RAF veteran gifted with set of replicas

'Economically Brexit's working': Nigel Farage says but claims it has 'not been properly implimented'

'Economically Brexit's working': Nigel Farage says but claims it has 'not been properly implemented'

Nigel Farage says Germans should 'get a sense of humour' amid calls for football fans who chant 'Ten German Bombers' to be prosecuted

Nigel Farage says Germans need to 'get a sense of humour' if football fans sing Ten German Bombers chant

Nigel Farage in the LBC studio today and (right) on the Reform UK campaign bus in Barnsley, South Yorkshire this week

'This is how ordinary people speak': Farage defends Reform UK candidates after anti-Islam and far-right comments exposed

Tory Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride was put on the spot by an LBC listener from a "Blue Wall" constituency rained down a barrage of complaints about soaring mortgages, the NHS crisis, crumbling schools and roads, and dentist shortages.

'Why would anyone sane vote for the Tories?': Minister put on the spot with barrage of complaints from LBC listener

Mr Weatherall's lost medals

Nick Ferrari offers £500 reward for return of RAF veteran's medals lost yesterday in Ranville, France

Kemi Badenoch rules out serving alongside Nigel Farage after he hints at Tory takeover.

Nigel Farage 'wants to destroy the Conservative Party', Kemi Badenoch tells LBC