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May 8, 2008

UK: Porsche to benefit from election of new London mayor

Porsche's UK unit is hoping to benefit from the appointment of a new mayor of London to replace Ken Livingstone.

Porsche’s UK unit is hoping to benefit from the appointment of a new mayor of London to replace Ken Livingstone.

Although new Conservative party mayor Boris Johnson has said he will continue with most of Livingstoneā€™s policies, he fought the election on the basis that he would not allow the introduction of a GBP25 congestion charge for high-polluting cars.

Porsche has started legal action to fight the introduction of the higher rate charge, which would affect virtually all of its models.

Johnson was elected on 1 May and is currently appointing a core team of officials to work with him.

Under Livingston’s plans due to come into force on 27 October, cars emitting over 225g/km CO2 will pay GBP25 while those emitting less than 120g/km will not have to pay at all to enter the congestion zone. Other cars pay GBP8 a day. No changes to these plans have yet been announced.

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