Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Protesters have found a unique way to get to work after the expansion of the ULEZ zone.

George Alting, 25, of Croydon, fastened a sail to a skateboard and took off across the capital in protest of the expansion and in hopes of getting a message to Sadiq Khan.

He said: “It is reportedly for environmental reasons that the zone is being expanded, but Sadiq is not lowering the price of the pipe.

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The stunt caught the attention of the public

“The trains and TfL prices are just pretty expensive when you put them together and you do it every day.

“We are not outraged by the ULEZ expansion, but we would like to make the mayor aware that it is us who are paying, what are you doing?”

The ULEZ zone expanded on 25 October to reach the Northern and Southern Circulars and aims to deter motorists from driving in the capital.

George continued: “Sadiq could lower the prices of pipes and trains or alternatively London could be made a much more bicycle – friendly city.

George Alting wants to know what Sadiq Khan himself is doing to reduce emissions without passing the cost on to the public

“We understand it’s for a good cause, but it just seems like the city is not ready to switch to another mode of transportation, and ultimately TFL is increasing transportation costs.”

George runs a manufacturing company and relies on using their vehicles to get to customers across the capital.

With heavy and expensive equipment, it is not always possible to use public transport.

He said: “My problem is that in the end there are certain people who have to drive in London and they cannot get around it and it is potentially those who cannot afford it.

George windsurfed over Tower Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square

“Those who do not have to drive in London see ‘oh, there is a new charge’. They are probably the richer and they will probably go, you know what, I do not drive today.

“So you are, you are ultimately taxing those who are not necessarily taxed.”

George windsurfed over Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and the Millennium Bridge and received a positive response from the public.

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He said: “People generally found it quite funny. There were obviously some people who thought it looked ridiculous.

“We even joked with some people that we were running for mayor of London.”

The full video made by the production company, ECHT, can be found here.

The ULEZ zone is now 18 times larger than it was initially and will be in operation 24 hours a day, every day of the year with the exception of Christmas Day.

The daily cost for most vehicles is £ 12.50 including cars, motorcycles and vans, but anyone weighing more than 3.5 tonnes as lorries, buses and coaches will have to pay £ 100.

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