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Porsche to seek C-charge review

Congestion charge expansion sign
The new charge will be introduced in October

Porsche has said it is finalising papers seeking a judicial review against a rise in charges for the most polluting vehicles in central London.

The legal papers are being drawn up and the case could be filed within the next two weeks, a spokesman told the BBC.

The luxury car maker's action comes after London's mayor, Ken Livingstone, said he would "vigorously contest" the "pointless legal action".

From October, the congestion charge could rise to 25-a-day.

Porsche said it has a "strong case" as the increase in the congestion charge from 27 October, from the current 8-a-day, was "simply unjust".

All it (increased charge) will do is unfairly hit large numbers of drivers in London and undermine London's attractiveness as a place to do business
Andy Goss, managing director, Porsche Cars GB

The company sent the letter setting out legal challenge to the mayor last month.

Replying to it Mr Livingstone, said: "Porsche have a clear vested interest in attempting to block this ground breaking scheme, against the interests of Londoners as a whole.

"They should focus their attentions on cutting CO2 emissions from the cars they produce, rather than pursuing this pointless legal action which we will vigorously contest."

He added that the rise in charges for gas guzzlers will bring an additional revenue between 30m to 50m each year.

Responding to the mayor's decision, Andy Goss, managing director of Porsche Cars GB, said: "All it will do is unfairly hit large numbers of drivers in London and undermine London's attractiveness as a place to do business.

"We are therefore formally applying for judicial review to challenge the Mayor's proposals and we are confident we have a strong case."

Once Porsche files a request for judicial review seeking an order to quash the proposed increase, the mayor will have 21 days to acknowledge and specify his grounds for contesting the review.

Following this a judge will decide on the case.


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