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Drivers are furious after Sadiq Khan announced plans to extend expensive ULEZ to all of London

DRIVERS in the capital are furious after Sadiq Khan announced today that the costly ultra-low emissions zone is to be extended across London.

Drivers of cars that do not meet minimum emissions standards will be charged a daily fee of £12.50 to enter the ULEZ area.

A street sign marking the boundary of London's Ultra Low Emission Zone, at the Marble Arch end of Oxford Street

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A street sign marking the boundary of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, at the Marble Arch end of Oxford StreetCredit: Alamy

Whether or not a vehicle is subject to a charge depends on how much nitrogen dioxide it emits.

NO2 damages the lungs and can aggravate existing conditions such as asthma, lung and heart disease.

To avoid the tax, diesel cars must generally be registered after September 2015, while most petrol models registered from 2005 are also exempt.

Only in October 2021 was the ULEZ extended from the congestion toll area to the North and South Circular Roads.

But Mr Khan said there was “still far too much toxic air pollution, permanently damaging the lungs of young Londoners and leading to thousands of deaths every year”.

Drivers didn’t take the expansion announcement well, with hundreds rushing to social media to give their two cents.

One woman wrote on Twitter: “Just another way to make more money. Maybe you wouldn’t be in this mess if you balanced your books properly.

While another was furious: “STOP this ridiculous plan, you should spend the money raised by LEZ, ULEZ etc to enlarge parks and plant more trees.

“You’ve done nothing but complain daily. Show the public where the money was first spent?

“You can’t torture the public like that. Shame.”

A third said: “Things like this will only further alienate the working poor.

“My family is being pushed out of London and out of Labour.”

While another added: “Yet another way to hit the motorist nice Sadiq!

“Don’t you think motorists have enough to do?

“Who exactly voted for this? As mayor, you seem able to do exactly what you want. This is NOT a democracy.”

https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8454890/sadiq-khan-announces-ulez-expanded/ Drivers are furious after Sadiq Khan announced plans to extend expensive ULEZ to all of London

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