THOUSANDs of Londoners will soon find 160-pound fines falling on their doormats.
The offense? Driving their own car down their own street.
Tomorrow, the border with the London UItra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be greatly expanded.
It will cover everywhere inside the northern and southern circular roads, a large residential area.
Drivers of older cars and vans must pay a fee of £ 12.50 for each day they drive in the zone. And if they do not pay the fee, they get the fine.
Transport to London says 135,000 cars and vans a day driving in the new zone are old enough to be hit by the tax.
It is a step to push people into greener cars or use public transport more to clean up the capital’s air.
The fee applies to any diesel car or van that does not meet the Euro 6 exhaust standard. It is basically older than September 2015, although some Euro 6 cars were for sale before that.
For petrols, only older things are affected. The delimitation is before Euro 4. Newer than 2005 is exempt from the fee.
Oh, and classic cars are free if they are more than 40 years old.
The fee even covers motorcycles before Euro 3, which is 2007. The only old vehicle that seems to escape completely is Santa’s sleigh.
The fee does not apply on December 25th. But otherwise it is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There is no discount for residents, although there are some exceptions for the disabled and reimbursements for people visiting the hospital.
Birmingham has a Clear Air Zone with the same emission standards as ULEZ and it is £ 8 a day. Central Bristol follows next summer with £ 9 a day.
Scotland’s four largest cities plan to bring in zones by 2022. You cannot pay a fee to let in cars that do not comply with them. You either stay out or get a £ 60 fine. To investigate how the ULEZ expansion affects car sales, The Sun spoke with data analysts at Auto Trader.
We asked them to look for changes in the number of ULEZ car searches in London. And to look for possible price drops on cars in London that do not meet the ULEZ requirement, as owners panic-sell.
Yet the sophisticated analysis conducted in the week before the indictment came showed no such trends.
Auto Trader also surveyed site users living within the new zone. Only one in ten knew both the date and the limit of enlargement.
Five out of six did not know where the new border is located, even though they actually live there. Which means tens of thousands of Londoners driving cars that are not compliant have not taken hold. They are caught and fined.
When they finally decide to sell, a wave of the non-ULEZ cars will be heading into the countryside.
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BRIGHTON, Bath, Portsmouth, Norwich, Nottingham and Oxford have zones, but they do not apply to private cars. The same goes for those in Manchester and Newcastle starting in 2022.