London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) tariff will expand to cover thousands more homes on October 25. The new scheme will see drivers charged £ 12.50 per day on top of the congestion charge for using the roads.
However, a new poll by student paramedic Anna McQuade said young adults would be “unfairly affected” by the changes.
Ms McQuade said students would not be included in the vehicle scrapping program, making it impossible to “buy a new car”.
She warned that the new program could “deprive students of the right to vote” as many “may not be able to continue” with their education.
She said: “To support low-income people, a car and motorcycle scrapping program has been put in place for people in affected areas who will have to buy a new car due to this expansion.
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“I have a car that runs perfectly and that I absolutely rely on to get me to classes, my mandatory ambulance shifts and my part-time job.
“With my student loan I have around £ 80 to live on a week after the rent is paid, so I just don’t know how I’m going to afford a new car.
“I am just one example of a student unfairly affected by this expansion.
“By not recognizing students as low-income people, many like me might not be able to maintain their education and jobs.