Tory politician defends residents in London’s wealthiest boroughs who drive SUVs and says the gas guzzling cars are ‘often essential’ because their owners have kids and a dog – My London
Owen Sheppard 14 APR 2021
36% of cars sold in one borough were ‘Chelsea tractors’ even though London’s streets can be notoriously narrow with tight parking spaces
A Conservative politician has defended the abundance of wealthy residents in Central and West London who drive SUVs.
Research by two charities found that in 2019, Kensington and Chelsea residents were more likely to buy an SUV (sport utility vehicle) than people from anywhere else in the country.
This is despite their traditional association with rural motorists who need to negotiate uneven terrain, rather than cities with narrow streets and tight parking spaces.
They also emit higher levels of carbon than smaller vehicles.