Sadiq Khan is spotted using a cavalcade of cars to drive 7.4 miles to take his dog for a walk
Mr Khan, 50, set off with his wife and the yellow Labrador on Thursday afternoon before he was seen in a diesel-powered VW Caravelle
Sadiq Khan was charged with high-profile hypocrisy last night after walking his dog in a chariot cavalcade – including a petrol-guzzling jaguar.
The Labor Mayor of London has raged against car owners for years and repeatedly urged drivers to refrain from unnecessary, short journeys.
His office released an alarming report last Monday warning that car pollution is threatening the lives of 3.1 million children in England – and praising the mayor’s policies to reduce emissions.
But three days later, the politician was spotted with his wife Saadiya and dog Luna in a convoy of three vehicles, including a £ 75,000 petrol Jaguar with a five-liter V8, a £ 50,000 diesel Volkswagen. Transporter and a £ 50,000 hybrid gasoline-electric SUV from Volvo.
Amazingly, the Mayor was driven to Battersea Park to take his dog for a walk – even though he lived a few hundred yards from one of the largest London commons in Tooting, south London.
Two days earlier, Khan had criticized car trips and tweeted: “Time is running out to stop a climate catastrophe – and London’s road to recovery from the pandemic cannot be clogged with cars.”
Mr Khan, 50, set off with his wife and the yellow Labrador on Thursday afternoon before he was seen in a diesel-powered VW Caravelle.
The Jaguar, which only travels 13.8 miles per gallon around town, was in convoy with the Caravelle, which travels 36 miles per gallon. At the head of the fleet was the more environmentally friendly Volvo.
In heavy traffic, the cars crawled past Tooting Bec Common and began a 25-minute drive through south London towards Battersea.
The procession likely meandered through the traffic and into another large open space, Clapham Common, where families enjoyed summer vacations and picnics.
The mayor, his wife and the dog got back into the VW truck and were brought back in another 25-minute drive in heavy rush hour traffic
The Jaguar, which only covers 23 miles per gallon around town, was in convoy with the Caravelle, which covers 36 miles per gallon
At the head of the fleet was the more environmentally friendly Volvo. They would have spit an estimated 14 kg of carbon dioxide into the air for the nine mile round trip
The 4.5 mile trip would have taken the Mayor down some of the capital’s most congested streets before arriving at Battersea Park at 2:25 p.m. After entering the 19th century historic park, Mr. Khan, his wife, and Luna took their leisurely stroll, with the mayor’s security team following nearby.
Later, the mayor, his wife and the dog got back into the VW truck and were brought back in another 25-minute drive in heavy rush hour traffic.
The Jaguar V8 portfolio is placed in the highest tax class of polluting vehicles, while the VW is placed in the fifth highest category. The Volvo Hybrid is one of the cleanest vehicles on the road.
According to fuel calculators, they would have spewed an estimated 14 kg of carbon dioxide into the air for the nine mile round trip – it would take eight months to take in a tree. The cars with five Scotland Yard security officers are all police vehicles.
Mayor’s anti-car proclamations
Where you can do without cars, I would encourage that.
April 25, 2021 Interview with the Sunday Times
Too many car journeys in London cover very short distances – we need alternatives.
June 7, 2021 on Facebook and Twitter
What we don’t want is people jumping back into their cars across the country, and that includes London. June 23, 2021 Interview with My London
Time is running out to stop a climate catastrophe – London’s road to recovery from the pandemic must not be clogged with cars.
August 17, 2021 on Twitter
Mr Khan’s trip to take his dog for a walk would have cost taxpayers an estimated £ 1,500, if the cost of his five-man protection team and use of the vehicles were included.
Mr Khan, who earns £ 152,000 a year, is the son of a London bus driver and has constantly urged drivers to leave their cars at home and use public transport such as buses and subways or short distances on foot and bike travel.
His pollution reduction crusade has led to plans to expand the London Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in October to charge £ 12.50 per day for older, polluting vehicles to travel downtown. It is estimated that around 350,000 motorists in the city will be affected by the changes.
Last year, Mr Khan increased the congestion charge by 30 percent from £ 11.50 to £ 15 per day and expanded it to include weekends. His office initially claimed it was a temporary price hike during the pandemic, but it was made permanent last month.
He was first elected in 2016 and won a second term in May. He promised to reduce air pollution in the capital by reducing the number of vehicles on the streets. In April, Khan told a Sunday newspaper, “Where you can do without driving, I would encourage it.” Two months ago he tweeted: “Too many car journeys in London cover very short distances – we need alternatives.”
He also warned that he didn’t want “people jumping back in their cars” when commuting to offices after the lockdown.
In an interview earlier this month, Mr Khan said, “We need to be less dependent on cars… I want London to be the greenest city in the world. If you go on foot or by bike, you don’t emit any carbon. “
Yesterday evening Howard Cox of the motorists campaign group Fair Fuel UK said: “Mr Khan must be the two-faced politician in Britain. Amazingly, he shows no indignity in getting others to obey his torrent of transportation proclamations while disobeying them in order to meet his own selfish needs. ‘
Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay, chairman of a parliamentary group that represents road users, asked why Khan would choose to be driven to Battersea Park “when he has perfectly good communal land near where he lives” .
He added, “The thought that he has a fleet of not the most environmentally friendly vehicles, despite telling us all what we should and shouldn’t do, smells like utter hypocrisy.”
Mr Khan was criticized last year for using a £ 300,000 bulletproof Range Rover Sentinel to chauffeur it to work at City Hall, a seven-mile drive from his home. He later announced he would ride an electric bike to work but was criticized after it was found his security guards were following him in cars.
During his tenure as London Mayor, Boris Johnson often rode his bike to work, while Ken Livingstone regularly took the Tube. Both Mr Johnson and Mr Livingstone used a hybrid Toyota Prius during their tenure.
Susan Hall, Chair of Conservatives at the Greater London Authority, said: “It is frankly scandalous that Sadiq Khan took a convoy of vehicles for a short drive to walk his dog when he was teaching Londoners about unnecessary car journeys.
“At a time when he is punishing motorists by increasing the Congestion Charge and expanding the ULEZ, Londoners will be appalled if he takes three vehicles to walk his dog several miles from his house.
“I appreciate the safety concerns surrounding the mayor, but when it comes to Khan’s war on drivers, you do what I say, not the way I do.”
A spokesman for the Mayor’s Office said: “The Mayor of London is protected by the Metropolitan Police around the clock, commensurate with the estimated security threats. Given the sensitivity of their nature, it would be inappropriate to comment on the details of these agreements. “
He vowed to end the scourge of post-asthma pollution
By Jake Ryan for the Sunday Mail
London Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged to tackle the “deadly scourge” of car pollution after a nine-year-old girl became the first person in Britain to list air pollution as a cause of death.
Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah was living near one of the busiest streets in the UK when she died of a severe asthma attack in 2013.
An investigation found that Ella had multiple seizures in the three years before her death and was hospitalized 27 times.
In December, coroner Philip Barlow found that air pollution was “a major contributor to Ella’s death.”
The Southwark Coroner’s Court ruling found that Ella was exposed to “excessive” pollution from living near South Circular Road in Lewisham, southeast London.
Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah was living near one of the busiest roads in the UK when she died of a severe asthma attack in 2013
At the time, Mr. Khan welcomed the verdict and praised Ella’s mother, Rosamund, for advocating the overturning of an earlier investigative verdict and said he was “pleased to assist the family in their endeavors”.
He added: “Toxic air pollution is a public health crisis, especially for our children, and the investigation has again underscored the importance of encouraging bold actions such as extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone to central London.”
Upon investigation, Mr Barlow said nitrogen dioxide levels near Ella’s house exceeded World Health Organization and European Union guidelines.
After nearly an hour, the coroner said, “I will conclude that Ella died of asthma caused by excessive air pollution.”
Ella’s mother said afterwards, “We have the justice for her that she deserves.
“But it is also about other children who are still very polluted as we walk through our city.”