A couple have told of their anger at having to pay a £12.50 ULEZ charge every time they turn left out of their driveway.

George and Vera Dowler live in a terrible location right by the Eltham, south east London low emission zone boundary.

After last month’s expansion in ULEZ, their neighborhood saw an increase of traffic lights and they were subject to a charge.

George and Vera Dowler have been left unhappy wit the ULEZ since its expansion

George Dowler and Vera Dowler are unhappy about the ULEZ expansion.

It has left to George shelling out ‘nearly £40,000’ on new vehicles while his wife Vera has been forced to park her older vehicle, which does not meet ULEZ standards, at her work’s garage around the corner.

After 32 years of living in their home in South East London, the couple found themselves on the edge ULEZ when new rules came into effect.

They were charged after turning left, past cameras and traffic lights to go towards the nearest roundabout even though their home was within the zone.

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 have a very good van, capable of driving 5,000 miles per year. But, a van with these emissions can go 100,000 more.

“Who is polluting more the air, him or me?”

The couple say these cameras on the traffic lights outside their home in Eltham, south east London, pictured, catch out older cars

These cameras, located outside of their Eltham home, in south east London’s traffic lights, are believed to catch older cars.

Vera who is an admin worker called it ‘disgusting.’ She said that her car was now parked around the corner.

It allows her to escape the surveillance cameras that are perched high above traffic lights. This is because they claim older cars can be seen right outside their homes.

George said, “It’s all money.” 

The air will be the same if people continue to drive their cars.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford, east London, after London's pollution charge zone for older vehicles was significantly expanded, affecting tens of thousands of motorists

Sadiq Khan is the Mayor of London and can be found at Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford. He was there after London’s Pollution Charge Zone for Older Vehicles was dramatically expanded. It has impacted tens to thousands of motorists.

“What’s the difference in the air between here and there?”

“Also I was raised around fumes and lorries, just like many other people.

“I’m 72 and I’m still as fit as a fiddle.”

“Surely, it is not the air. It’s the food people eat. I just don’t get it all.

“I have a very good van, and they are welcome to take it with them on the other side.

ULEZ was to cover central London from 2019, but under the new plans it was extended massively to all of inner London two years later

ULEZ was supposed to extend to inner London in 2019. However, the plans changed and it now covers all of London.

“There are another 10 years of it left and they can use them, but I cannot.

Vera also said, “What about F1 Racing?”Referring to reports that London Mayor Khan has been in negotiations to bring a Formula One track into the capital.

He was a hypocrite, she believed. 

She stated, “It’s completely crazy!”

London Mayor’s spokesperson said that: “We know toxic pollution in London causes over 4,000 premature deaths each year. This stunts children’s growth and worsens long-term illnesses such as asthma.

ULEZ now stretches to cover an area surrounded by the North and South Circular roads. The ULEZ is separate from the Low Emission Zone (LEZ), which implemented tougher emissions standards for heavy diesel vehicles from March 1, 2021

The ULEZ is now extended to encompass an area bordered by the North Circular and South Circular roads. Separate from the Low Emission Area (LEZ), the ULEZ has stricter emission standards for heavy diesel cars starting March 1, 2021

Sadiq has taken bold steps since his election as Mayor to reduce the number Londoners who live near areas where nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is higher than the legally allowed limit.

“The difference between areas most and least exposed to nitrogen dioxide exposure has been reduced by as much as 50%,” says the study.

’87 per cent of cars seen travelling in the expanded zone already meet the standards and to help more Londoners switch to cleaner vehicles, Sadiq has invested £61 million in scrappage schemes, which have helped replace or retrofit more than 12,000 vehicles since 2019.’

Motorists from other areas of the border said earlier this month that they weren’t bothered about the new rules.

What is the ULEZ? 

The ULEZ was introduced by the London Mayor in April 2019. This is an area where drivers of polluting cars must pay a daily fee.

This project aims at reducing air pollution from roads and speeding up compliance with EU standards for air quality. 

The Congestion Charge was previously limited to the same central London area as it did the Congestion Charge. 

However, since October 25, it has included all the North Circular roads to try and improve air quality. 

The ULEZ is among several London policies to reduce air pollution that were introduced in 2016, including the Low Emission Zone and Low Emission Bus Zones.