Vandalism of ULEZ cameras has increased as critics call the rollout of the ULEZ expansion ‘rushed’ and protests ramp up from locals against the London mayor.
A camera erected to enforce London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in Harrow, north-west London, had to be deactivated after wrongly penalising over 900 motorists, according to authorities.
Transport for London (TfL) publicly apologised, confirming that affected drivers have been refunded. The incident prompted TfL to reposition the camera, located at the Old Redding junction towards Common Road, while ensuring all boundary cameras were correctly placed.
This comes after Harrow Council urgently requested TfL to investigate erroneous fines issued to drivers who hadn’t entered the ULEZ zone.
Mayor Sadiq Khan’s implementation of TfL enforcement vans, equipped with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology to deter non-compliant vehicles, has also raised concerns.
A Disaster for People
Meanwhile, Harrow Council leadership criticised the ULEZ implementation during a recent council meeting, describing it as a “disaster for people.”
At the meeting, Marilyn Ashton, the deputy leader of Harrow council, said: “We in Harrow have one particular borough, Hertfordshire, which abuts the northern boundary. Most of it is in Stanmore ward, some of it just goes into Harrow Weald, and there are severe difficulties.