Councils on the outskirts of London are refusing to put up signs warning motorists they are entering the Ulez clean air zone.
Notice boards on the outskirts of the capital remind drivers that if their vehicle does not comply with the Ultra Low Emission Zone, a fee of £12.50 per day will apply.
But the bosses of Kent, Surrey and Herts are refusing to put up signs – insisting they will not support London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan, which is due to be expanded from August 29.
Tory Herts Council leader Richard Roberts called the Ulez growth a “real insult to people who are struggling”.
He told the BBC: “We don’t think the Mayor took good advice, it’s not well thought out, in an era of rising costs of living it’s really insensitive.”
“Taxes those who can least afford to pay individual fees.
“Why did he decide to settle for this regressive tax on those who can least afford to switch?
“One in ten cars will not comply with the new rules and will have to pay extra to meet friends and family, drive the kids to school or pick up the groceries.”
A spokesman for the mayor said signs would help motorists “drive safely and comfortably.”
They added: “TfL are trying to work with councilors to install cameras and signage, including outside London, but some are still refusing to work together.
“If residents with non-compliant vehicles accidentally drive in the expanded ULEZ after August 29, these councils must take their share of the responsibility.
“By not putting up signs outside of London, these communities are currently failing in their responsibility as public bodies to ensure their residents and other motorists have all the information they need.”