Why I will fall into debt when ULEZ comes into force

Owners of modern classic cars have said they may have to take out a loan, move house or rely on family for transport as London’s ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ expansion comes into force next week.

The expansion of the scheme on August 29, which will see it extended from the North and South Circular roads to cover the whole of Greater London, has been labelled “the death of the modern classic car”.

One owner said he will refuse to pay the charge – which for vehicles that do not meet minimum emissions standards within the zone is £12.50 daily, and failure to pay can lead to a fine of £180, reduced to £90 if paid within 14 days.

Trevor Manlow with his 2000 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide

Trevor Manlow, from Hillingdon, West London, is locked into a finance deal on his 2000 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide with more than three-and-a-half years left.

Mr Manlow, 53, said classic vehicles are going to become “museum artefacts or tin cans” due to the boundary change.

He added: “It makes me angry. Kids see these cars and bikes on the street and at shows and smile, they love it. However, the ULEZ expansion is going to kill this as fewer people will be taking them out.

“I’ll still ride my bike, I’ll just refuse to pay the charge and I’ll take it to a garage to make it ULEZ compliant at the first opportunity.”

Paul Tucker with his 1998 Peugeot 106 Rally which is non ULEZ compliant

Paul Tucker, a 52-year-old vehicle bodyfitter, said he will have to take out a loan to buy a new car and will be in debt because of ULEZ.

Mr Tucker, from Northolt, West London, uses his 1998 Peugeot 106 Rally to commute to work in High Wycombe and has owned it for more than 15 years.

He said: “I feel targeted, it’s just another money-making scheme and if the mayor was serious he’d issue a complete ban.

“I need a car to get to work and I can’t afford one outright so I’m going to have to take out a loan to buy one. I’m going to be in debt because of ULEZ.

“A lot of people are going to suffer because of this scheme.”

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