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Erroneous ULEZ Fines: Hundreds of Innocent Drivers Caught in Number Plate Blunder, Claim Car Experts

London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has inadvertently ensnared hundreds of drivers with wrongful charges and fines due to a number plate mix-up, according to automotive experts.

In recent months, VRM Swansea’s Plates4Less team has been inundated with inquiries from drivers who received unjust ULEZ charges. The team has been diligently assisting these individuals in challenging and overturning fines that they should have never incurred.

The ULEZ, which has recently expanded across greater London, encircled by the M25 motorway, imposes emissions-based charges on non-compliant vehicles. Originally announced in 2015, it came into effect in September 2020.

In June alone, approximately 4,000 ULEZ fines were issued daily. Plates4Less experts assert that a significant portion of these fines were unjust. They argue that Transport for London (TfL) fails to promptly update its vehicle database from DVLA records, which accurately link number plates to the correct vehicle details.

According to the experts, if TfL updated its records daily, they would recognise that these vehicles are ULEZ compliant. However, because this isn’t happening, the information from Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras is linked to their basic non-DVLA database.

This basic database relies on the age indicator on the number plate to determine a vehicle’s age. If a vehicle carries an older personalised number plate than the vehicle itself, it may appear older to the cameras, leading to an incorrect charge.

To help drivers avoid such unwarranted fines, the number plate and motoring experts at VRM Swansea’s Plates4Less have created a helpful guide. This template can be used to contest charges or fines erroneously issued by TfL or any other relevant authority.

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 accessible online at www.plates4less.co.uk/ulez. This guide is the latest addition to Plates4Less’ collection of resources, designed to assist individuals interested in private plates or motorists in general.

London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone has been a subject of controversy, with even residents within the zone not being exempt from associated costs. While the best way to avoid charges or fines is to drive a ULEZ-compliant vehicle, this is not always feasible due to cost and complex regulations, leading to common grievances about the zone.

Antony added,“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.”

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

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, exceeding £600,000 in 2022.

Sam Allcock
Sam Allcock
With over 20 years of experience in the field SEO and digital marketing, Sam Allcock is a highly regarded entrepreneur. 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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