Porsche ramps up C-Charge battle

Time 2:59 pm, April 2, 2008


PORSCHE has officially applied for a judicial review challenging the Mayor’s £25 charge congestion charge by issuing its case in the High Court of Justice.  


Porsche believes that the increase of the congestion charge from £8 a day, or £0.80 for residents, to £25 is both unfair and disproportionate and even TfL forecasts that the charge will increase congestion and damage air quality in London.  


Commenting on the filing, Andy Goss, Managing Director of Porsche Cars GB, said: ‘Not only is this new tax on motorists unfair, it is also a disproportionate and illegal use of power by the mayor.  The Porsche case is about protecting London and Londoners from a new tax that will not only fail to reduce CO2 emissions in central London, but also increase congestion and damage air quality.’


Porsche filed its challenge in the High Court of Justice Queen’s Bench Division Administrative Court seeking to quash the mayor’s new charge on the grounds that it is both a disproportionate and illegal action by the Mayor. Porsche has asked the court to expedite the judicial proceedings given the short timeframe in which the new charge is scheduled to be imposed.  


The filing of the judicial proceedings continues the judicial review process that began in February when Porsche announced its intention by first writing to Mayor Ken Livingstone outlining the grounds of its claim against the charge.  


The Mayor has so far failed adequately to address any of the issues raised in the Porsche claim. Porsche has now taken the next step in the judicial review process by filing its challenge with the High Court.

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