Hundreds of millions in Ulez fines are going unpaid as drivers revolt over the controversial charge, casting doubt over its expansion. The Telegraph has the story.
Penalty charge notices relating Sadiq Khan’s Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) worth £255m were outstanding at the end of last year, the Telegraph can reveal.
The Mayor of London’s flagship Net Zero scheme was owed more money from drivers in unpaid fines than it made during the financial year from 2022 to 2023, figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed.
It comes as the Mayor is accused of using an “unintelligible” and “contradictory” consultation to expand the Ulez to all London boroughs next month by lawyers representing a coalition of five Conservative-run councils that is seeking to block the move at the High Court.
Motorists did not pay PCNs worth £255,545,388 in the last financial year and £120,123,660 between 2021 and 2022, in what has been described as a “revolt” against the controversial scheme.
The figures show the total value of outstanding PCNs last year surpassed the scheme’s 2022 revenues worth £224,633,003, of which £73.3m was paid through penalties, according to figures from Transport for London (TfL). …
The planned Ulez extension, which is set to cover all London boroughs from August 29th, will impact neighbouring areas and could see traffic in commuter towns increase as drivers park outside London and catch the train to avoid charges.
Last week, Mr. Khan received a public dressing down from Office for Statistics Regulation chairman Robert Chote after he failed to provide data to support a claim that nine out of 10 cars driving in outer London met Ulez standards.