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I’m charged £9 every time I drive my van out of my driveway… it sucks when I have to move home

One POSTIE was forced to move because of the city’s Clean Air Zone – meaning he could no longer cycle to work.

Ian Akers works in Bath city center in Somerset and cycles to his workplace and uses his van to travel long distances or visit family.

Ian Akers works in Bath city center and rides there every day from his home on Lower Bristol Road

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Ian Akers works in Bath city center and rides there every day from his home on Lower Bristol RoadCredit: BPM
Ian Akers' campervan - Mazda Bongo 1999

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Ian Akers’ campervan – Mazda Bongo 1999Credit: BPM

But because the 1999 Mazda Bongo lorry failed to comply with Clean Air Zone rules, he was fined £9 every time it left his driveway, reports Somerset Live.

Ian, a postman, said: “I cycle to work and back every day, I cycle to the pub, bike to meet my partner. I rarely use a car.

“I couldn’t even drive to see my parents without being charged and you have to remember we just went through a year of lockdown where you weren’t allowed to see anyone.”

Before long, Ian discovered that paying the daily fee was draining his finances.

“It’s like weighing on my mind every week,” he said.

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He has contacted Bath and North East Somerset Council to ask what he should do.

He said the officials were “very helpful and sympathetic” but they
The solution was to give him a loan to buy a new van.

Ian said: “I don’t think it’s really fair – to create a problem
and then tell someone they have to go into debt to settle it. “

And the subsidy provided is not enough to buy a new truck, he said.

So Ian decided to move two miles up the road meant it was more feasible to buy a cheap car to drive to work then take the bus.

He said, “My driving has increased by about three times because of the Clean Air. I’ve been driving 9 miles a week to now maybe 25 miles a week.”

Sun Online has reached out to Bath and North East Somerset Council for comment.

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