Sadiq Khan's ULEZ expansion is 'appalling' says Norris
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George and Vera Dowler’s home is positioned on the border of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in Eltham. Following the expansion of the ULEZ at the end of October, the couple faced a charge every time they drove their older cars past the traffic lights near their home.
As a result of the extension, George said he paid out “nearly £40,000” on new vehicles.
His wife Vera has also been forced to park her older vehicle at her work’s garage around the corner as it does not meet the ULEZ emissions standards.
The couple have lived in the South East London home for more than 30 years, but now found themselves right on the edge of the ULEZ boundary after the rules changed.
Their house is in the border, but when they turn left past the cameras and traffic light and towards the nearby roundabout, they would be facing a charge.
George said: “[Sadiq Khan] has cost me nearly £40,000 in motors.
“I’ve had to buy a car and pay £7,000 for a new van, which is no better than the one we’ve got.
“I’ve got a perfectly good van that can do 5,000 miles a year, yet a van that meets these emissions can do 100,000 miles more. Who’s polluting the air more, me or him?
“It’s all about money. [If] people are prepared to still use their old vehicles, the air would be exactly the same, so it’s all about money.
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“What is the difference between the air here and the air on the other side of the traffic lights?
“Also, I’ve been brought up around lorries and fumes, like thousands of other people. I’m 72 years of age, still fit as a fiddle.
“Surely it’s not the air, surely it’s the food that people eat. I just don’t get it all.
“I’ve got a perfectly good van that if they want to use it on the other side of that roundabout.
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