Drivers set for ‘nasty surprise’ as over half of motorists unaware of new car tax changes

Sadiq Khan outlines why ULEZ has come into force in London

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A poll from experts at Motorway.co.uk has found only 43 percent of motorists living in and around London know about Sadiq Khan’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) expansion. Meanwhile, just 35 percent of motorists in and around London know how to check whether their vehicle will be charged.

Even fewer motorists are confident on where the ULEZ boundary actually runs from.

Just 29 percent are aware it stretches across much of South West London including Croydon, Kingston Upon Thames and Sutton.

Only one third of road users are aware the scheme will run in West London areas such as Brent, Ealing and Harrow.

Just a third are also aware the scheme will run in the North such as Barnet and Enfield as well as the South East such as Lewisham, Bexley and Bromley.

The poll also found 31 percent of drivers said they would like to learn more about the zone ahead of the new launch.

Meanwhile, one in seven said they planned to sell their vehicle within the next six months.

The new ULEZ expansion will cover all roads within the North and South Circular with drivers set to pay a £12.50 per day fee on top of Congestion Charge rates.

However, drivers will face a £160 fine if they fail to pay the new ULEZ fee from Monday.

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Tom Leathes, CEO at Motorway has warned drivers were set for a “nasty surprise” when they cross into the charging zone from next week.

He said: “Despite having over three years to prepare for the ULEZ expansion, more than half of drivers in and around London are clearly still in the dark about this news and will get a nasty surprise when they cross the north or south circular on Monday.

“If the car you’re driving means you’ll be charged when you enter the ULEZ, then selling it may be an obvious choice to save money.

“With used car prices at an all-time high, now is a great time to sell.

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