THOUSANDS of Brits have been fined for driving older vehicles through central London which fail emission restrictions.
Tougher standards on vehicle emissions have seen almost 130,000 Brits fined in the past three months.
One in four motorists who drive older vehicles in the capital have been penalised by the new emissions restrictions, which were introduced on April 8.
The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) covers the existing congestion charge zone in central London and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Older motors, including motorbikes, which don’t meet the tighter standards have been made to pay £12.50 every day they are driven in the ULEZ region.
And drivers who fail to fork out the charges are then hit with a £80 fine, which doubles if it isn’t paid within seven days.
Find out if you car will be affected by the ULEZ charge
From April 8, drivers within the ULEZ zone using non-compliant vehicles will pay a daily charge of £12.50, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, according to TfL.
To check if you car meets ULEZ criteria:
- Head to Transport for London’s ULEZ vehicle checker
- Enter your vehicle registration and confirm make and model
- Note other charges you may also be subject to
- As a general rule, you will be subject to the charge if you own a petrol car or van that doesn’t meet Euro 4 standards, or a diesel car or van that doesn’t meet Euro 6 standards
- Motorbikes that don’t meet Euro 3 standards will also be subject to the charge
- Anyone who drives through the zone and doesn’t pay the fee will be subject to a penalty charge of £160
- From October 25, 2021, the charging zone will be expanded out to the North and South Circular roads
The shocking figures equate to Transport for London raking in around £26million in penalties and charges.
From October 25, 2021, the zone will expand to an area bounded by the north and south circular roads, covering a huge stretch of the capital.
Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy at the RAC, said: “It is worrying there have been 130,000 fines in three months.
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“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.