Westminster Council, backed by the Kennington Association, had tried to stall the project by claiming the human rights of residents living around the ring of cameras had been breached, and that proper environmental assessments had not taken place.
However, in his ruling, Mr Justice Maurice Kay said their case relied on 'unconvincing' evidence and added: 'It may be a more cautious mayor would have sought to underwrite his judgement by resort to, for example, a public inquiry, but this mayor has decided lawfully against that course.'
Westminster Council (WCC) has also been ordered to pay costs, estimated at up to £1 million. Moreover, the judge ruled out the chance of appeal on nearly all counts except the environmental impact assessment, stating he was 'less than convinced that WCC has a realistic chance of success'.
Stewart Whyte, director of the Association of Car Fleet Operators: 'The legality is not the issue. What really matters is how it is implemented and the success of achieving its aim, which is to make London a better place for Londoners, and to improve public transport.