Drivers could be fined £800 within days after launch of 'unfair' car tax changes

Sadiq Khan’s new expanded Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) launches from Monday with drivers set to be charged £12.50 per day extra on top of existing Congestion Charges. However, Transport For London warns failure to pay the charge will see drivers fined £160 for breaking the rules.

“It’s not going to be a £12.50 charge because if they don’t know it’s going to get a £160 fine through the door.

“That’s just for one day, then they are going to get one every day that they don’t know about it.

“They could go on for five days, Monday to Friday and end up with £800 in fines and they are going to be going ‘what on earth is going on here’.

“You can imagine that happening to a lot of really poor unfortunate people.

Drivers may also face fines and penalties if they provide an incorrect number plate when paying the charge.

Paying by post and not allowing 10 days for a payment to clear could also result in drivers being issued a Penalty Charge Notice.

TfL says cars that are registered under the ‘disabled’ or ‘disabled passenger vehicle’ tax class will benefit from a four year grace period to October 2025.

However, the resident Congestion Charge discount will not be carried over to the ULEZ expansion.

They said: “From 25 October 2021, when the ULEZ expands to the North and South Circular Roads, residents must pay the full daily ULEZ charge to drive a vehicle in the zone if it does not meet the ULEZ standards.” has conacted the Mayors Office for further comment. 

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