London residents are issued a shock car tax warning letter – Have you got yours?

Sadiq Khan outlines why ULEZ has come into force in London

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Owners of older petrol and diesel cars have been warned their vehicle “may not meet ULEZ standards” and could face fees within weeks. Transport for London also confirmed they have sent DVLA a list of cars that may not be compatible ahead of the changes in October.

The letter said: “The Ultra Low Emissions Zone is expanding from 25 October 2021 and our records show your vehicle may not meet the ULEZ standards.

It added: “Your vehicle may not meet the ULEZ standards.

“Transport for London (TfL) has provided the DVLA with a list of number plates of vehicles that we have identified as likely to be affected by the ULEZ, and the DVLA has sent these letters out on our behalf.”

“If you drive your vehicle anywhere within the expanded ULEZ from 25 October 2021 and it does not meet the ULEZ standards, there will be a daily charge of £12.50.”

Despite the shock warning, TfL admits some cars who receive the letter may actually be exempt from charges.

This is because the warning letters have only been sent out to cars older than a certain date rather than looking into a model’s actual emissions.

The letter seen by was sent to the owner of a petrol model first registered in the year 2000.

ULEZ rules say cars must meet Euro 4 emissions standards which were only made mandatory for new cars from 2005.

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TfL said owners must determine themselves if their car may be exempt and “submit evidence” to them to avoid being hit with fees.

It added: “The compliance status of your vehicle has been calculated based on the vehicle’s date and the ULEZ scheme requirements, which are aligned with European regulations on vehicle emissions.

“TfL is aware that some manufacturers produced vehicles that met the standard easier than was legally required.

“These vehicles are known as ‘early adopters’.

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