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ULEZ 'ILLEGAL' Hated ULEZ expansion in chaos after landmark legal ruling that signage is UNLAWFUL – and you could get your money back

Mike Ridley
Published: 21:00, 27 Aug 2023Updated: 8:00, 28 Aug 2023


LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan’s hated ultra-low emission zone was in chaos last night following a landmark legal verdict.

Scaffolder Noel Willcox — hit with £11,500 in penalties — won a ruling that key signs for its sister scheme are not lawful.


Sadiq Khan’s hated ultra-low emission scheme was in chaos last night following a landmark legal verdict


Scaffolder Noel Willcox — hit with £11,500 in penalties — won a ruling that key signs are not lawful

And he believes his win paves the way for others to fight charges when Khan’s Ulez expands to cover the whole of Greater London tomorrow.

It comes as a study showed 75 per cent of motorists win their appeals over charges for clean-air zones outside the capital.

Noel, 48, ran up his huge bill from a company truck heading to and from a depot in Harefield, North West London.

Under the Low Emission Zone (Lez), polluting vans and HGVs must pay up to £300 a day or face big fines.


From tomorrow the zone is extended to cover the whole of Greater London

Noel refused to pay and an appeal tribunal ruled in his favour, saying Transport for London’s Lez signs are not “authorised and lawful”.

He said: “The Road Traffic Act states if there is a risk that motorists are going to be charged, you have to let them know.

“But the low emission zone signs just say ‘Lez’ or ‘Ulez Zone’. They don’t make it clear about charges.”

The win by Noel, of Berkhamsted, Herts, is not binding in other courts, but celeb lawyer Nick “Mr Loophole” Freeman said: “It’s what’s known as ‘persuasive’, which means it can be used in other cases.”

He added of the signs: “Just saying you are in a zone is, by itself, meaningless.”

“They need to tell you not just where you are but what happens, in other words a charge could be incurred.

Nick Freeman added: “Because that hasn’t happened, the signs are neither use nor ornament.

"They are not fit for purpose and might as well not be there."

“Because this was a hearing at the first level it is not legally binding.

“But it is what’s known as ‘persuasive’, which means it can be used in other cases.

“I believe the tribunal made the right ruling and TfL have got it wrong.

“In my view there is insufficient information on the signs. They don’t comply with the regulations

“It speaks volumes that TfL were given an opportunity to produce evidence that these signs were compliant with the Traffic Signs and Directions 2016 and they completely ignored it.

“They had the chance to appeal but they didn’t do that. Instead they sent the bailiffs after Noel Willcox, which shows total contempt.”

TfL insisted the Lez signs were deemed lawful by the Department of Transport in 2008.

It added: “We are investigating why the correct evidence was not submitted.”

Cost of working

IT CONSULTANT Markus Thompson will have to pay £87.50 a week to go to work and ferry his two daughters around.

Markus, 51, of Cockfosters, uses his 2014 diesel E-class Mercedes five days a week to see clients.


Markus Thompson will have to pay £87.50 a week to go to work and ferry his two daughters around

At weekend he uses it to take daughters Lola, 13, and Betty, nine, on outings.

He said: “The car is worth £7-8,000 but I will only get two grand for it under the Mayor’s scrappage scheme.”

'Forced off road'

RETIRED policeman Roger Whipp will have to pay £12.50 every time he and wife Margaret want to drive to the supermarket.

Roger, 75, of Romford, Essex, splashed out on a new Hyundai estate nine years ago.


Roger Whipp will have to pay £12.50 every time he and wife Margaret want to drive to the supermarket

He said: “At my age I cannot afford a new car.

"After 57 years of conviction-free driving I’m being forced off the road.

“I already pay more on my road tax and at the pumps as a diesel driver.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/motors/23674896/ulez-expansion-landmark-legal-ruling-unlawful-signage/

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It could be a 'time of the signs' .

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It could be a 'time of the signs' .

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Quote from the article above. “It speaks volumes that TfL were given an opportunity to produce evidence that these signs were compliant with the Traffic Signs and Directions 2016 and they completely ignored it."

However, it appears that TfL do have authorisation for the non-standard traffic signs, but for some reason it did not produce it as evidence at Mr Willcox's hearing.

And you can bet your sweet bippy that anyone relying on the Willcox case as a precedent when appealing a ULEZ fine in the future will be met with this particular brick wall.
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