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Erroneous ULEZ Fines Impact Hundreds of Innocent Drivers Due to Number Plate Oversight, Say Car Experts

Car experts have sounded the alarm over hundreds of drivers erroneously facing charges and fines while driving in London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). VRM Swansea’s Plates4Less team has been flooded with inquiries over the past three months as many drivers found themselves slapped with unwarranted fines. The team has been actively assisting clients in challenging and overturning ULEZ charges that were wrongly issued.

The ULEZ, which recently expanded to cover greater London within the M25 motorway perimeter, enforces emissions-based charges on owners of non-compliant vehicles. Although announced in 2015, the scheme only came into effect in September 2020. In June, approximately 4,000 ULEZ fines were issued daily. Plates4Less experts argue that a significant portion of these fines were unjust, citing Transport for London’s (TfL) slow update of their vehicle database from DVLA records, which accurately link number plates to the correct vehicle details.

According to experts, daily updates to the database would ensure that these vehicles are recognized as ULEZ compliant. However, the current system relies on a basic non-DVLA database, which informs TfL of a vehicle’s age based on the number plate’s age indicator. If a vehicle carries an older personalized number plate than its actual age, the cameras may misinterpret it as an older vehicle, resulting in incorrect charges.

To assist motorists unfairly ensnared by this situation, the number plate and motoring experts at VRM Swansea’s Plates4Less have compiled a practical guide. Their template can be utilised to challenge TfL or any other authority in cases of mistaken charges or fines.

Antony Clark of Plates4Less explained, “As a trusted supplier of private number plates, people often come to us with their questions, and we’re happy to help. We have found that Transport for London is not updating their vehicles database from DVLA records often enough”.

“We contacted TFL on behalf of our clients and were pleased to discover that there’s a super easy fix to this issue. As long as people send Transport for London a copy of their V5 Registration Certificate when they get a charge, TfL should be able to investigate and cancel the charges and any subsequent fine.”
Antony assured: “We’ve included an email template for challenging inaccurate charges in our free guide, alongside other useful information about ULEZ and Clean Air zones.”

The guide is available for reference online at www.plates4less.co.uk/ulez. Plates4Less has released various guides that may be helpful to individuals interested in private plates or motorists in general.

London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone has sparked controversy, even impacting residents within the zone. While driving a ULEZ-compliant vehicle is the best way to avoid charges or fines, this isn’t always feasible due to factors such as the cost of electric vehicles and complex rules. Antony emphasized, “The issue remains that the system isn’t perfect and the database updates slowly, which is why some motorists who are driving compliant vehicles are receiving charges and fines that they shouldn’t be. This solution proposed by Plates4Less should allow Transport for London to update their files, solving the problem.

“At Plates4Less, we’ve seen the many ways that a new number plate can benefit drivers, and ULEZ shouldn’t get in the way of that. We hope our guide will help motorists understand how to navigate ULEZ, and avoid unnecessary fines.”

At Plates4Less, the team recognizes the many benefits a new number plate can bring to drivers and hopes their guide will help motorists navigate ULEZ effectively and avoid unnecessary fines.

VRM Swansea – Plates4Less is a well-established agency for private number plate buyers and sellers in the UK. With over 65 million registrations on its books and a highly advanced smart search engine, the company helps clients find the perfect number plate. Operating since 1997, the agency boasts more 5-star reviews on Trustpilot than any other agency in its field.

Despite its name, Plates4Less holds the UK record for negotiating the sale of the most expensive private number plate to date in the United Kingdom, valued at over £600,000 in 2022.

Sam Allcock
Sam Allcockhttps://businesslancashire.co.uk/
Sam Allcock is a highly regarded digital entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in online marketing for some of the World’s biggest brands. He has extensive knowledge and experience in SEO and digital marketing. He is based in Cheshire but has an interest in all things going on in the North West and enjoys contributing local news to the site.
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