ULEZ zone expansion today: TfL’s website hit by issues as thousands check whether their cars break new rules | The Sun

TRANSPORT for London's website has been hit with issues as thousands flock to check if their cars break expanded emissions rules.

The ULEZ zone is expanding to cover the entire Greater London Area today exposing thousands more drivers to the hated £12.50 daily charge.

TfL provides an online service allowing motorists to check whether their vehicle complies with the emissions standards enforced in the zone, but this is currently experiencing issues.

The online link directs users to an error page that says their request to access the service has been blocked by its "security systems".

A new link has been added, with a waiting time of around 5 minutes to access the checker tool.

The page informs users that the site is "busier than usual" and offers an estimate of queuing time.


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An AA spokesperson said: "Some AA members experienced delays checking with the TfL website whether their vehicles were compliant this morning.

"Most members did get through after waiting several minutes."

Earlier, Tory mayoral candidate Susan Hall branded the expansion a "dark day for drivers" and urged voters to give London mayor Sadiq Khan the boot at the next election.

Ms Hall said: “This is a dark day for drivers. This is going to be a disaster for families, small businesses and charities.

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"It is nothing but a tax grab which will have only a negligible effect on air quality.”

And thousands have backed The Sun's Give Us A Brake campaign urging politicians to stop clobbering drivers with costly green policies.

It comes after a scaffolder had his ULEZ fines overturned after a tribunal found that signage warning of the charge was not clear.

Meanwhile, ministers have been thwarted as they were advised they do not have legal powers to block the hated levy from expanding.

Speaking on GB News, Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: "I don't have the power to stop it coming into force.

"That's a decision for the Mayor of London backed by the Labour leader. I think he should think again."

Mr Harper added that, if he did have the necessary powers, he would have prevented the further roll-out of the charge and urged Mr Khan to "think again".

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