Shocking Figures Reveal Extent Of ULEZ Offenders

Tue 13th Aug 2019

Angry British drivers have hit out at a scheme in London which is targeting older vehicles in a bid to reduce engine emissions.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone was introduced to central London in April and since being launched has raked in £26 million in levies and penalty charges, with close to 130,000 drivers fined for driving vehicles which don’t meet the Euro 6 emissions standards.

The ULEZ charge is particularly bad for those driving older vehicles, one in four motorists with an older vehicle has been hit by the charge and now some campaigners are arguing that the penalties have been brought in without making the public fully aware of the consequences.

“It is worrying there have been 130,000 fines in three months,” said Nicholas Lyes, Head of Roads Policy at the RAC.

“There is more that needs to be done by the mayor to raise awareness of what the Ulez means to drivers and businesses before he expands the area it covers.”

The ULEZ will be extended to all of inner London by October 2021, with similar schemes proposed for other cities, including Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester and Glasgow.

Helen Chapman, TfL’s director of licensing, regulation and charging, said: “The Ultra Low Emission Zone has been introduced to significantly reduce pollution in the capital. Transport for London has been running an extensive communications campaign since spring 2018 to make drivers aware of it.”