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AUTO NEWS – ‘ULEZ is increasing and I think the Higher London space to be subsequent’

‘ULEZ is increasing and I think the Higher London space to be subsequent’


First, don’t child your self that London’s soon-to-be-extended ultra-low emission zone and its unjustifiable £12.50 every day cost are solely issues for beleaguered Londoners. This, bear in mind, is a scheme designed to both prohibit sure drivers’ freedom of motion (wherever they’re from), rob them of as much as £4,000 per yr, or extra probably, a little bit of each. So it’s a nightmare for numerous thousands and thousands of motorists who’re required to drive into or close to to the capital’s centre for work, schooling, household, healthcare and different legitimate causes. 

Second, guess how a lot the ULEZ will develop when it’s “expanded” on Monday 25 October? I reckon a 10-per-cent growth is likely to be honest. A doubling can be harsh, however comprehensible in view of the greed of politicians resembling Labour’s London Mayor Sadiq Khan plus others within the main political events – together with Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who really conceived the ULEZ. As for the concept that the zone triples or quadruples in dimension – that will be plain unfair, nearly obscene, proper? 

However the Mayor’s workplace introduced a fast halt to the guessing, because of a brutally clear, unapologetically defiant, beyond-obscene confession: “The expanded zone will cowl an space 18 occasions bigger.” 

That absolutely has the potential – after which some – for an 18-fold improve within the variety of drivers being caught, charged, fined, hounded and hunted down for not having these typically newer, dearer automobiles of the “ultra-low” selection.     

Equally worrying is that the London Mayor’s newly drawn-up border circling his massively enlarged zone is perilously near penetrating into neighbouring counties. The zone is already quickly extending, and I think the complete Higher London area shall be subsequent, earlier than the M25 finally turns into yet one more prolonged ULEZ boundary. 

After that, what else? County ULEZs? A Southern England (inhabitants 28 million) ULEZ? An England ULEZ? And finally a blanket UK ULEZ – to make sure that everybody in Britain driving a automobile that’s not deemed ultra-low-emission shall be financially bashed by the state? The potential annual revenues shall be far too engaging and worthwhile for motorist-loathing, money-grabbing political leaders in workplace to say no to. 

In the meantime, a day after I argued that the wholly unlawful street protest and occupation season should, and absolutely will, finish this autumn, organisers of the anarchic teams formally vowed to halt their highway-blocking actions till, er, 25 October! 

How ironic that is the day that motorists face the actual menace of being snared and fined for getting into new, complicated, massively prolonged ULEZ territory. Coincidence? I believe not. 

We drivers and passengers are clearly on the receiving finish of those excessive types of provocation from politicians and protesters. They provide us no alternative however to defend ourselves and struggle again – calmly, peacefully and legally, however unapologetically, fiercely and collectively. There are much more of us than there are of them, and we’re not in need of the frequent sense, affordable behaviour and spirit of honest play that they so desperately lack.

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AUTO NEWS – ‘ULEZ is increasing and I think the Higher London space to be subsequent’
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