‏‏ Car tax changes: London's ULEZ, which hit petrol and diesel owners, was a 'success' - Mobilyardim

Car tax changes: London’s ULEZ, which hit petrol and diesel owners, was a ‘success’


Alex Williams, TfL’s city planning director, said the new ULEZ rules were a “successful extension” of the plan. Due to last October’s changes, London’s existing ULEZ program in central London was extended to many more boroughs.

The move meant that petrol and diesel drivers traveling on routes within the North and South Circular would have to pay £12.50 per day unless they were exempt.

Mr Williams said: “Following the successful expansion of the ULEZ programme, which has resulted in a reduction in the number of journeys made by older and dirtier vehicles, we are committed to ensuring that clean and reliable public transport plays a central role in supporting Londoners and the rest of the world economy.

“We will continue to work closely with municipalities and other partners to ensure that people can also walk and cycle safely and easily.”

The new fees have been a blow to owners of many non-compliant petrol and diesel cars who have faced charges in excess of £80 a week.

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Unlike congestion charges, the ULEZ charges run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This means drivers are forced to pay £60 a week to use their vehicles Monday to Friday or nearly £85 a week for the daily use of their car.

This additional fee rises to over £300 for drivers who need to use their vehicle every day.

Traveling once a week in a car that doesn’t meet the requirements will set you back an annual bill of £650.

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Unlike congestion charges, the ULEZ charges run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This means drivers are forced to pay £60 a week to use their vehicles Monday to Friday or nearly £85 a week for the daily use of their car.

This additional fee rises to over £300 for drivers who need to use their vehicle every day.

Traveling once a week in a car that doesn’t meet the requirements will set you back an annual bill of £650.

Meanwhile, those who use their vehicle

The Euro 4 standards were introduced on all new cars in the UK from January 2005, meaning the busy majority of newer vehicles will be fine.

However, classic car owners have been most affected by the new update.

While cars over the age of 40 can apply for a historic vehicle exemption, vehicles built after that are still required to pay ULEZ fees.

Hagerty Insurance experts claim that up to 60,000 vehicles are affected by the ULEZ fees.

They warn that a good number of those classics will be cherished classics, with many owners “priced outside of London”.

After speaking to many Londoners, many warned Hagerty that they would want to sell their cars to avoid being hit with a daily fee.

Michael Griffin, owner of a classic gold Ford Focus said: “A lot of people like me are in a real predicament.

“It doesn’t matter how well you maintain your car, it doesn’t matter how many thousands of pounds you’ve spent on it.

“It doesn’t matter how poor you are, or if you are disabled, the green agenda is all that matters.”


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