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Porsche Says Sportscar Tax "Unfair on Families"

Fri, 22 Feb 2008
(Unedited Press Release by Porsche GB)

Following its launch of a judicial challenge against Mayor Ken Livingstone’s emissions related congestion charge, Porsche today releases an examination of the expected CO2 savings. Using Transport for London’s own figures, the savings expected in an entire year from the emissions charge will be equal to the emissions from Heathrow between 4 minutes and at most 4 hours.

Commenting on the figures, Andy Goss, Managing Director of Porsche Cars GB, said, “Under closer examination these figures show the negligible environmental benefits of this tax. The emissions saved are a fraction of the amount of the CO2 pumped out every day at Heathrow. Calling this tax an emissions charge is a misnomer. Not only is this new charge an unfair tax on motorists and families, it is a tax that will do nothing to reduce emissions or congestion in London.”

The release of this examination comes two days after Porsche announced that it is seeking to make an application for judicial review of the proposed extension in the congestion charge, which will see the cost of driving some cars in the capital rise from £8.00 a day, or just 80p if they are residents in the congestion zone, to £25.00 a day - an increase of over 3000 per cent. Porsche is seeking a reverse of this action based on the disproportionate nature of the charge.

Porsche also announces today that it has opened a website for the legal case where families and motorists across London who will be impacted by the new tax can get more information and add their name to a petition against the charge. The website is available at

Porsche also states, "exempting A and B band cars from the charge could actually increase congestion as people trade their larger cars for more than one smaller car or who now decide it was now cost effective to drive into central London."

So basically, folks, it's BAD for all the ordinary people with cars under 121g/km to drive them into London, and GOOD for everyone who can afford a Porsche to do so.



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