London - Luxury carmaker Porsche launched
a legal challenge on Wednesday to a tax on gas-guzzling cars
proposed by London mayor Ken Livingstone who is campaigning for
a third term in office.
Livingstone wants to raise the £8 daily
levy on all cars driving in the city centre to £ for
those with high fuel consumption, in a drive to cut CO2
emissions and fight global warming.
Porsche called the plan unfair and disproportionate as it
filed its application for a judicial review in the High Court.
"This is an illegal use of power by the mayor," said Andy
Goss, managing director of Porsche Cars GB.
"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
The carmaker began its campaign against the charge in
February and says Livingstone has so far failed to adequately
address any of the issues it has raised.
The mayor, who is standing for re-election on May 1, says he
will contest any legal action.
"Porsche should focus their attentions on cutting CO2
emissions from the cars they produce rather than on pursuing
this pointless legal action," he told reporters last month.
Livingstone's main opponent in the election, Conservative
Boris Johnson, has said he will scrap the plan to increase the