21 July 2004

The war on SUVs continues; 4x4s are now being threatened with a double leavy to enter London's congestion charge zone. The Liberal Democrats last week said 4x4s should be taxed £10 a day - double the car fee.

They claim the off-roaders are a danger to pedestrians and other cars, pollute more and take up more road space.

But SMMT trade boss Christopher Macgawon hit back. 'We can only imagine what might be the next target for extremists; sports cars, large saloons, minibuses? We may be a step away from a new car market of nothing but the 21st century equivalent of the Trabant.'

Mayor Ken Livingstone is planning a Christmas truce with drivers. He intends to suspend the charge for the three working days between Christmas and New Year to boost retail sales.

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