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Builder says he’ll lose £3,000 over Ulez which ‘tradesmen can’t afford’

Posted: Wednesday, April 19th, 2023

A builder created huge debate after claiming London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone could cost tradesmen thousands of pounds, Metro has reported.

Public opinion on the Ulez expansion has been very divided ahead of its proposed introduction in August.

A tradesman claimed he will face extra costs of more than £3,000 a year when the expanded £12.50 charge comes into effect.

Reddit user @bluelouboyle detailed his concerns in a lengthy post, arguing the charge introduced for driving vehicles that do not meet emission standards could cost him as much as £3,500 more per year. 

He said: “I’m a self employed builder and have lots of subcontractors and I can tell you that it’s going to be very difficult for some of them to cope with the Ulez.

“The cost of second hand vans has skyrocketed since Covid and for a second hand 2017 van that has done 60,000 miles you’re looking at around £20,000 + VAT. Many of the one-man band businesses are not VAT registered so they will have to pay it.

“I promise you that many tradesmen cannot afford it.”

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