Motor sector ULEZ concerns raised with TfL
Both the IGA and NFDA met Transport for London (TfL) yesterday (Tuesday 15 August) to discuss the potential impact of the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on motor sector businesses.
The expansion is set to kick in on 29 August 2023, taking in all London boroughs.
Topics discussed included the impact the £12.50 per day could have on motorists, which the IGA suggested could hamper vehicle owners seeking MOTs, servicing, and repairs from independent garages. The £160 million scrappage scheme was also discussed, along with the funding TfL is offering for vehicle owners to retrofit vehicles to get them up to Euro 6 standards. Here, the IGA also made their concerns known due to only there only being one approved parts supplier for the whole area.
The NFDA pointed out that only 40% of the available scrappage funding had been used, and pushed TfL for more information about how motorists can access these funds and how they will be distributed.
The NFDA also brought up media reports of some local councils not putting up suitable charge zone warning signs.
Commenting on the meeting, IGA CEO Stuart James said: “Whilst we wholeheartedly support the need to protect health and provide clean air for the people of Greater, We must not lose sight of the fact that businesses and livelihoods need to be considered. Our meeting with TfL was a step towards highlighting the concerns of independent garages. Protecting the environment is important, but we must find ways to strike a fair balance between environmental goals and the economic well-being of local businesses and individuals.”
NFDA Chief Executive Sue Robinson added: “Whilst the NFDA believes that environmental consciousness and public health are vitally important, the ULEZ’s impact on businesses and drivers must be thoroughly evaluated to avoid unintended consequences that could negatively affect the London economy and impact some of its least affluent residents. We have called for ongoing dialogue with TfL to find equitable solutions that achieve emission reduction goals without disproportionately burdening businesses and drivers.”