Drivers ‘surprised’ to see car tax exemption at popular shop – avoid £12.50 charge

Sadiq Khan talks on the expansion of the ULEZ

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London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was expanded late last month to include most of central London in a bid to lower emissions. The ULEZ perimeter runs along the North and South Circular Roads, with the areas inside subject to new vehicle emissions rules that can land drivers with a daily bill of £12.50. 

The zone has been extended to 18 times its original size and encompasses millions of residents.

While the ULEZ has been in operation since 2019, the expansion is set to further reduce emissions, with rates being reduced by almost half since its inception.

But the new expansion seems to have a slight exception near an IKEA branch in Wembley.

The road leading to and from the shop is exempt from the charge despite being inside the North Circular.

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The anomaly was initially spotted by Alex Murray who claimed it would avoid complaints from people visiting IKEA who might be hit with the fee.

Liberal Democrat councillor Anton Georgiou said he was puzzled to see why the business park in Wembley would be subject to special rules. 

The Alperton representative said: “I am surprised to learn that an exemption to ULEZ seems to have been made for IKEA on the North Circular. 

“Making that exemption for the Abbey Road Reuse and Recycling Centre would have made much more sense. 

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“After all, the centre provides a vital local service for residents in Alperton and the surrounding wards to get rid of unwanted waste. 

“I fear that charging people, if they have non ULEZ compliant cars, to dispose of waste will in the long run lead to greater fly tipping and rubbish dumping in our area. 

“If exemptions are to be made to ULEZ, this would be more justified,” he told the Kilburn Times.

Research has shown that drivers in London have abandoned diesel cars six times faster than those in the rest of the UK since the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, announced the plans to expand the ULEZ.

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