ULEZ Fines Aren’t Being Paid

Mon 13th Sep 2021

London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, which was set up to provide cleaner air to the capital, has seen a third of the non-compliance fines unpaid.

Almost one million penalties have been issued since the ULEZ was opened in April 2019, but according to data collected by a former Greater London councillor, 336,637 remain unpaid.

Richard Town gathered the data following a freedom of information request based on the 982,145 fines issued, Town is arguing that the planned expansion of the ULEZ should be paused, and other schemes investigated.

The ULEZ is scheduled to extend to the north and south circular roads on 25 October, with the 400 additional cameras monitoring the zone costing the taxpayer in the region of £130 million.

The cost of a daily drive into the ULEZ costs £12.50 for 24 hours, with fines raised to £15 after 72 hours and then a £130 Penalty Charge Notice if the vehicle ignores the payment.

“The figures show there’s already widespread disregard for TfL’s enforcement,” said Town. “The scheme’s expansion must be halted.

"The excellent work that the original inner-London schemes have already achieved in cleaning up London’s air risk being lost as more and more of London’s motorists are forced to find more and more ingenious ways of avoiding paying TfL’s fines.  

“The mayor must recognise that previous inner-London schemes have brought clean-air results. A further expansion into London’s leafy clean-air suburbs won’t.”