Johnson scraps plan to tax London gas guzzlers
London mayor Boris Johnson has fulfilled an election promise to abolish the special tax on large, gas-guzzling cars set by his predecessor, Ken Livingstone. The plan would have taxed so-called "Chelsea tractors," or large SUVs, and use the money to allow small fuel-efficient vehicles to be exempt from the congestion charge.
Mayor Boris Johnson has scrapped plans to increase the central London congestion charge to 25 pounds a day for owners of gas-guzzling cars.
The CO2 charge, brainchild of former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, was due to have come into effect in October.
As well as penalising bigger and faster cars, it would have scrapped the normal eight-pound charge for small, fuel-efficient vehicles.
Critics of the plan had claimed it would have been expensive to implement and might even have increased pollution by allowing thousands of small cars into central London free of charge.
The Conservatives had pledged to scrap the CO2 charge in Johnson's election manifesto. He was elected in May.