ULEZ charge 130,000 drivers stung with fine by new emission charge – how it affects you

Thousands of British motorists have landed a fine for failing to pay the charge for the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ). Earlier this year the ULEZ was introduced which charged drivers a fee if their car did not meet the required emissions standards. Around 130,000 British drivers were fined over the past three months for failing to meet the charge. This equates to one in four drivers of older vehicles across London.

The charge was introduced on April 8th and operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week in the same area as the Congestion Charge zone.

Motorists are forced to pay £12.50 a day if their vehicle doesn’t meet the emissions standards on top of the £11.50 Congestion Charge fee.

Petrol motorists will have to pay the fee if their car is Euro 4 or older and diesel drivers must meet Euro 6 emissions.

If you fail to pay it then you will be fined £80 which is doubled to £160 if it isn’t paid within seven days.

From October 2021 the zone barrier will extend to the North and South Circular covering the vast majority of the Capital, affecting more drivers.

Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy at the RAC, said: “It is worrying there have been 130,000 fines in three months.

“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.”

Helen Chapman, director of licensing, regulation and charging at TFL, 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.”

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