AUTO NEWS – ‘The ULEZ is nothing greater than a cynical, money-grabbing rip-off’


‘The ULEZ is nothing greater than a cynical, money-grabbing rip-off’

I do know a cynical, money-grabbing rip-off once I see one. And that’s precisely what hundreds of thousands of automotive drivers have been subjected to since eight April, the day the 24/7 ULEZ (ultra-low emission zone) charge-cum-tax was dumped on us from above. 

For now, the £12.50-a-day rip-off price solely operates in central London and applies to pre-2015 diesels and pre-2006 petrol automobiles. However my concern is that the capital is merely serving as a take a look at mattress earlier than modified variations of the scheme are rolled out throughout different cities and cities. In spite of everything, what occurs in London immediately usually repeats itself in numerous elements of the UK tomorrow. Hold all this in thoughts when subsequent selecting a automotive.

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You’ve simply obtained to chew the bullet, settle for and cope with the truth that native and nationwide governments largely detest automobiles and the circa 50 million individuals who drive or trip in them. The stark actuality is that politicians will proceed to financially punish drivers of diesels, go a tad simpler on customers of petrol engines and – for now, not less than – be much less hostile to motorists in petrol-electric or, ideally, pure-electric autos. 

Though London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, is the godfather of the profitable ULEZ ruse, don’t rule out Conservative, Lib Dem and different councils adopting the identical or comparable get-rich-quick schemes for his or her grasping selves. Give it time and Mayor Khan’s just-introduced ULEZ cost/tax/superb racket may rake in billions of kilos. He justifies this money-raising train by trying to tug on the heartstrings. For instance, an advert for the ULEZ bearing his workplace’s title reveals a picture of kids enjoying, alongside the phrases “each baby in London is respiration poisonous air”. Transport for London, in the meantime, provides that on Khan’s polluted patch, “air air pollution is growing individuals’s danger of coronary heart and lung illness and bronchial asthma”. In accordance with Khan, what we breathe in London is “deadly”.

His inferences are clear: it’s personal motor automobiles which can be the (alleged) villains right here and that’s why their house owners ought to, in impact, hand over every day fees/fines to Transport for London for daring to drive them. Put one other means, the Mayor’s argument is that many – presumably most – automobiles and lightweight vans are, by way of their exhaust pipes, inflicting severe or deadly accidents to his constituents. But so long as the drivers of such autos every stump up £12.50 a day, they will proceed driving their ‘health-damaging’ motors.

In the event that they’re as unhealthy as Khan claims, why doesn’t he simply ban them? As a result of he needs these £12.50-per-day charges. Simply as he needs the extra £11.50-a-day Congestion Cost from the identical drivers. And Mayor Khan would – for apparent causes – moderately have it than flip it away. The identical goes for London parking charges of £5 an hour, or extra, charged by the likes of Camden and Westminster councils. They’re far too worthwhile to desert. 

Sadly, in 2019 there isn’t a larger motoring rip-off than driving a automotive into London, then parking it. Assume £12.50 (ULEZ), £11.50 (Congestion), £40 (to park eight hours) per day. That works out at £320 per five-day week, or round £16,000 a yr. Don’t pay it or something prefer it – in London or anyplace else.

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AUTO NEWS – ‘The ULEZ is nothing greater than a cynical, money-grabbing rip-off’


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