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Leonardo DiCaprio in TITANIC disagreement with Boris Johnson over London ULEZ growth

Boris Johnson has launched a disagreement in opposition to eco-warrior and Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio over Sadiq Khan‘s extraordinary choice to additional penalise and punish London’s motorists by increasing the capital’s ultra-low emission zone (Ulez). 

The ex-Prime Minister and different Conservative MPs have blasted the Left-wing mayor’s ‘smash and seize raid on drivers’ following Mr Khan’s choice to increase the low emission zone throughout Better London from subsequent August.

Drivers whose automobiles have engines deemed not clear sufficient must pay £12.50 to exit for a spin underneath the plans.

Mr Johnson’s intervention units him up in opposition to Oscar-winning actor Mr DiCaprio, who has praised Mr Khan’s go-ahead for the Ulez growth – which successfully takes it as much as the M25 motorway – as ‘the sort of large-scale decisive motion’ wanted to sort out local weather change.

Mr Johnson's intervention sets him up against Oscar-winning actor Mr DiCaprio, who has praised Mr Khan's go-ahead for the Ulez expansion - effectively taking it up to the M25 motorway on August 29 next year - as 'the kind of large-scale decisive action' needed to tackle climate change

Boris Johnson has launched a disagreement in opposition to Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio over Sadiq Khan’s choice to additional penalise London’s motorists by increasing the capital’s ultra-low emission zone 

Drivers whose cars have engines deemed not clean enough will have to pay £12.50 to go out for a spin under the plans

Drivers whose automobiles have engines deemed not clear sufficient must pay £12.50 to exit for a spin underneath the plans

Globe-trotting Leonardo DiCaprio rails in opposition to results of local weather change… whereas ‘flying about in carbon-spewing non-public jets’ 

Regardless of Leonardo DiCaprio’s longstanding advocacy for addressing local weather change, studies declare he makes use of carbon-spewing non-public jets to take journeys world wide.

Final yr, sources informed Web page Six that the actor took a jet from Miami to New York – after which again – inside a single day.

He was in Florida for the Artwork Basel and had been seen viewing among the exhibitions and later partying on November 30 final yr, earlier than he was imagined to co-host a profit at Soho Seaside Home with Sean Penn for his CORE (Group Organized Reduction Effort) organisation.

Visitors on the profit had been informed that Mr DiCaprio was unexpectedly referred to as away to New York, although he can be returning for the occasion.

Sources mentioned he ended up being delayed and solely arrived again on the charity operate by 11 pm, which left some friends involved in regards to the necessity of the journey.

Mr DiCaprio has not shied away from elevating consciousness about local weather change, and he even referenced it in his Academy Award acceptance speech in 2016 when he received Finest Actor for The Revenant.

‘Local weather change is actual, it’s occurring proper now. It’s the most pressing menace going through our complete species, and we have to work collectively collectively and cease procrastinating,’ he mentioned from the stage.

Regardless of his use of personal jets, Mr DiCaprio claims that he’s ‘CarbonNeutral citizen’ after a London-based firm planted 1000’s of bushes in his title in Mexico to offset the carbon he produces, in response to Forbes.

However sources near the actor claimed that he had began utilizing extra industrial flights, which produce fewer carbon emissions per passenger, than non-public flights, in response to Web page Six.

They added that when he flew to the Cop26 Local weather Summit in Scotland final month, he opted for a industrial jet flight, slightly than a personal flight.

In a Fb put up, the Hollywood star wrote: ‘London mayor Sadiq Khan’s choice to increase his flagship air high quality coverage, the ultra-low emission zone (Ulez), will imply 5 million extra folks respiratory cleaner air and can assist to construct a greater, greener, fairer London for everybody.

‘That is the sort of large-scale, decisive motion we have to halve emissions this decade, coupled with the implementation of nature-based options.

‘The growth of the Ulez will scale back the variety of Londoners dwelling in areas exceeding interim World Well being Organisation (WHO0 targets for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) by 13 per cent – together with kids at 145 faculties.’

Regardless of Mr DiCaprio’s longstanding advocacy for addressing local weather change, studies declare he makes use of carbon-spewing non-public jets to take journeys world wide.

Final yr, sources informed Web page Six that the actor took a jet from Miami to New York – after which again – inside a single day.

He was in Florida for the Artwork Basel and had been seen viewing among the exhibitions and later partying on November 30 final yr, earlier than he was imagined to co-host a profit at Soho Seaside Home with Sean Penn for his CORE (Group Organized Reduction Effort) organisation.

Visitors on the profit had been informed that Mr DiCaprio was unexpectedly referred to as away to New York, although he can be returning for the occasion.

Sources mentioned he ended up being delayed and solely arrived again on the charity operate by 11 pm, which left some friends involved in regards to the necessity of the journey.

Mr DiCaprio has not shied away from elevating consciousness about local weather change, and he even referenced it in his Academy Award acceptance speech in 2016 when he received Finest Actor for The Revenant.

‘Local weather change is actual, it’s occurring proper now. It’s the most pressing menace going through our complete species, and we have to work collectively collectively and cease procrastinating,’ he mentioned from the stage.

Regardless of his use of personal jets, Mr DiCaprio claims that he’s ‘CarbonNeutral citizen’ after a London-based firm planted 1000’s of bushes in his title in Mexico to offset the carbon he produces, in response to Forbes.

However sources near the actor claimed that he had began utilizing extra industrial flights, which produce fewer carbon emissions per passenger, than non-public flights, in response to Web page Six.

They added that when he flew to the Cop26 Local weather Summit in Scotland final month, he opted for a industrial jet flight, slightly than a personal flight.

Different signatories to Mr Johnson’s letter objecting to Ulez growth embody former Conservative chief Sir Iain Duncan Smith, ex-Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Tory minister Paul Scully.

MPs branded Mr Khan’s choice ‘undemocratic and a hammer blow to households’ budgets’.

Based on The Telegraph, the Conservatives mentioned: ‘The Ulez was by no means supposed to use to outer London. It is a smash and seize raid on drivers’ wallets that has nothing to do with air high quality and every part to do with Khan’s mismanagement of [Transport for London’s] funds. And it comes on the worst potential time for family earnings.’

In a Facebook post, the Hollywood star wrote: 'London mayor Sadiq Khan's decision to expand his flagship air quality policy, the ultra-low emission zone (Ulez), will mean five million more people breathing cleaner air and will help to build a better, greener, fairer London for everyone'

In a Fb put up, the Hollywood star wrote: ‘London mayor Sadiq Khan’s choice to increase his flagship air high quality coverage, the ultra-low emission zone (Ulez), will imply 5 million extra folks respiratory cleaner air and can assist to construct a greater, greener, fairer London for everybody’

Mr Khan said air pollution is making Londoners 'sick from cradle to the grave', with illnesses such as cancer, lung disease, dementia and asthma

Mr Khan mentioned air air pollution is making Londoners ‘sick from cradle to the grave’, with diseases akin to most cancers, lung illness, dementia and bronchial asthma

The brand new Extremely-low emission zone: What’s it and the way will it have an effect on you? 

When and why was the Ulez created?

It was launched in April 2019 to scrub up London’s air.

How dangerous is air high quality within the capital?

An estimated 4,000 Londoners die prematurely annually from situations associated to air air pollution.

How does Ulez assist?

It disincentivises drivers from utilizing essentially the most polluting automobiles by charging them a every day price for getting into the zone.

How a lot is the price?

The cost for automobiles which don’t adjust to minimal emissions requirements is £12.50 for automobiles, smaller vans, motorbikes and different lighter automobiles.

The price for non-compliant bigger automobiles akin to lorries, buses and coaches is £100 underneath the low emission zone scheme.

How do I keep away from the price when driving within the zone?

Guarantee your automobile meets the minimal emissions normal.

For petrol automobiles which means these usually first registered after 2006.

Most diesel automobiles registered after September 2015 are exempt from the cost.

When does the Ulez function?

All day, daily, besides Christmas Day.

How quickly after a journey do I have to pay?

You could have till midnight on the third day following the journey.

What occurs if I’m liable to the cost however don’t pay?

Failing to pay can lead to a penalty cost discover of £160, lowered to £80 for early cost.

What space is at the moment coated by the Ulez?

The zone initially coated the identical space of central London because the congestion cost.

Since October 25 final yr it has included in all places inside the North and South Round roads.

How vital is the August 2023 growth?

The zone might be 18 instances bigger, masking all London boroughs.

Mr DiCaprio met Mr Khan final yr on the Cop26 summit in Glasgow and has beforehand used social media to help the mayor’s initiatives. In 2019 he tweeted congratulations to Mr Khan on the launch of the Ulez in central London. On the time, the actor mentioned: ‘Clear air is a human proper.’

The scheme has proved unpopular with many Londoners with a YouGov ballot of 1,072 adults within the capital discovering that 51 per cent opposed the Ulez being widened from its present boundary as much as the North and South Round Roads throughout all 33 boroughs.

Some 34 per cent had been in favour and 15 per cent did not know.

Mr Khan’s Strolling and Biking Commissioner, Will Norman, praised Mr DiCaprio, saying: ‘The Mayor of London’s ULEZ growth will give 5million Londoners cleaner air, Folks across the metropolis and all around the globe understand how vital it’s. Even Leo DiCaprio!’

Russell Warfield, head of communications at local weather charity Potential, poked enjoyable at Mr DiCaprio’s properly documented desire for ladies a few years his junior.

‘He likes his NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) ranges like he likes his ladies. As near authorized as potential.’

The growth of Ulez is anticipated to generate £200million within the first 12 months, in response to Transport for London. Nevertheless that is anticipated to drop away in following years as drivers swap to cleaner automobiles to keep away from the £12.50 levy.

About 15 per cent of automobiles registered in outer London – about 200,000 – are at the moment regarded as responsible for the 24/7 cost.

As London Mayor, Mr Johnson introduced plans to implement the world’s first low emission zone within the capital in 2015. He has since opposed Mr Khan’s plan to increase Ulez.

Tons of of 1000’s extra drivers face a every day price of £12.50 for utilizing London’s roads after the mayor introduced he’ll increase the zone to spice up air high quality. It would now stretch greater than 30 miles from Uxbridge to Upminster.

Mr Khan has mentioned extending Ulez to cowl the entire of the capital from August 29 subsequent yr is ‘one of many hardest selections’ he is needed to take however that it’s going to give 5 million Londoners cleaner air to breathe.

The scheme, which operates always besides Christmas Day, is at the moment restricted to the realm inside the North and South Round roads.

Motorists have criticised the transfer, which can value common commuters round £3,250 a yr and comes as households are already going through hovering grocery , vitality and gas payments.

A spokeswoman for Mr Khan mentioned: ‘The Mayor has been clear that it was not a simple choice to increase the Extremely Low Emission Zone London-wide however a needed one to cut back the capital’s poisonous air air pollution, sort out the local weather emergency and reduce congestion in our metropolis.

‘Round 4000 Londoners die prematurely annually as a result of poisonous air in our metropolis and kids are rising up with stunted lungs whereas adults have better threat of coronary heart illness, dementia and different severe diseases.

‘The Mayor has listened to Londoners all through this course of and has requested TfL to discover what additional help may very well be supplied to care staff who could not have compliant automobiles in London. 

‘Though this isn’t easy, the Mayor has requested TfL to see what they will do with out undermining the air high quality advantages of the scheme.

‘Regardless of not receiving a penny in scrappage funding from the Authorities, the Mayor is offering £110million for a brand new scrappage scheme to assist the Londoners who want it most amid the price of dwelling disaster together with low earnings and disabled Londoners, on high of the £61million he supplied for earlier scrappage schemes. 

‘He continues to name on the federal government to help London’s scrappage scheme so it will probably increase even additional, as they’ve finished for different cities throughout the nation.’

Revealed: Birmingham council bosses have written off greater than 45,000 fines issued to drivers because the launch of the town’s Clear Air Zone

Greater than 45,000 fines issued to drivers because the launch of Birmingham’s controversial Clear Air Zone have been written off by the town council, that means it has given up on chasing the money.

The native authority has misplaced out on at the least £2.7million by fines it has been unable to gather.

Council bosses had massively underestimated the variety of drivers who would fail to grasp the brand new guidelines. It meant the authority was overwhelmed by the sheer variety of fines which wanted processing.

Chiefs beforehand admitted it will be inconceivable to get better all of the money it was owed in penalties. Within the early months of the CAZ, as many as 7,500 fines a month had been written off.

The variety of drivers being penalised has fallen since then however stays at round 50,000 a month, as motorists in older, gas-guzzling motors proceed to be caught out in large numbers across the metropolis centre.

Round 2,500 fines a month issued between November 2021 and April 2022 have been written off – roughly one in 20.

Extra issued in latest months might nonetheless but be written off if the council decides it will not be capable to get better the money. Individually, greater than 10,000 CAZ fines have been efficiently appealed after being challenged by drivers who felt they’d been unfairly punished.

The operation of the CAZ has been removed from plain crusing. Birmingham Reside reported in October how over half of drivers being fined each month are refusing to pay up.

Round 400,000 extra fines than anticipated had been generated within the first eight months of the pay-as-you-drive scheme. The council predicted simply 69,000 fines can be imposed – however that quantity was dwarfed by the precise determine of round 470,000, because it raked in £20million throughout that interval in fines alone.

A Birmingham Metropolis Council spokesman mentioned: ‘The aim of the Clear Air Zone is to enhance air high quality within the metropolis centre. Since its introduction it has helped scale back the variety of essentially the most polluting automobiles that enter the zone daily. That is serving to to enhance air high quality.

‘If somebody believes they’ve been incorrectly issued with a Clear Air Zone penalty cost discover for not paying the proper every day price they can problem it by the statutory appeals course of.’

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