In a move to make drivers of gas-guzzlers “pay for the environmental damage they cause,” London’s mayor is imposing a CO2 charge: beginning in October, every private vehicle driven in the central city that doesn’t meet tough emissions standards will cost its owners $50 a day, the Los Angeles Times reports. The new charge comes on top of the existing $16 congestion charge.
Under the new plan, congestion pricing, which has cut the number of cars in the area by 70,000 and pushed mass transit ridership up 36%, would be suspended for the most fuel efficient cars. Not surprisingly, the aggressive campaign against guzzlers, which Mayor Ken Livingstone likes to call "Chelsea tractors," has sparked a backlash, with some Londoners vowing to unseat him in May’s election. And Porsche has moved to sue, citing the charge an "illegal abuse of power," Reuters reports.