London Ulez residents ‘offered £100 a month’ for parking spaces to avoid fee | Low emission zones

Residents of a road that will form a charge-free corridor through London’s expanded ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) say they have been offered “£100 a month” to let people park on their driveways and avoid paying the fee.

Motorists travelling along Moor Lane, which becomes Bridge Road, in Chessington, south-west London, do not have to pay the Ulez charge, but should they turn off at any stage they will immediately enter the zone.

People leaving the road to access a rail station, pub car park and businesses along the road will have to pay the £12.50 charge if their vehicle does not meet emissions standards after the zone expands from midnight on Monday.

It means motorists travelling along the route must stay on the road, drive all the way round a roundabout and go back the same way to avoid being charged.

The town of Chessington, part of the London borough of Kingston upon Thames, will be included in the expanded emissions zone, but many surrounding areas will not, meaning Chessington will form something of a Ulez peninsula.

Vispi Irani, 68, who lives on Bridge Road, said a man offered him and his neighbours £100 a month to park on his driveway and make use of the charge-free corridor.

He said: “I think it’s ridiculous. We don’t have to pay it on the road where we live, but I’m planning on changing my car, so I won’t have to pay it for the others.

“A chap came round and put notes through my and my neighbours’ doors. He was offering £100 a month to let him park on our drive so he could get around paying the charge.

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“I don’t know how he was planning to get here. I guess he would use public transport. We have a big drive so I gave him a call, but he didn’t answer.”

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