ULEZ: TfL confirms number of cameras yet to be installed before August 29 expansion date

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Footage of vandalism of TfL’s ULEZ cameras has been widely circulated online, with the transport authority describing all such attacks as “despicable”.

More than 800 Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) cameras are yet to be installed in outer London ahead of the zone’s expansion, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed.

The transport authority told LondonWorld it plans on installing a total of 2,750 in the outer London boroughs, to which the ULEZ is due to extend from August 29.

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From that date onwards, drivers of non-compliant vehicles will be liable to pay a £12.50 daily charge.

TfL has been installing ULEZ cameras across outer London ahead of the zone’s expansion, on August 29. Credit: Carl Court/Getty Images.TfL has been installing ULEZ cameras across outer London ahead of the zone’s expansion, on August 29. Credit: Carl Court/Getty Images.
TfL has been installing ULEZ cameras across outer London ahead of the zone’s expansion, on August 29. Credit: Carl Court/Getty Images. | Getty Images

The installation of the cameras is essential to monitoring vehicle compliance. However, as of August 16, TfL said it had installed just under 1,900, leaving it more than 800 short of its stated goal.

LondonWorld asked whether TfL remained confident it would hit its target of 2,750 by August 29, but did not receive a response.

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A TfL spokesperson said: “Vandalism on our network is unacceptable and all incidents are reported to the police for investigation. We have increased the security of the ULEZ cameras following further incidences of vandalism and theft.

“The Met has been clear that this is vandalism of government property and is a criminal offence which could lead to prosecution.”

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, confirmed earlier this year that “mobile cameras” could also potentially be used to prevent rat running and plug gaps in the network.

TfL and the mayor have said they estimate compliance rates to already be extremely high, with more than 90% of cars seen driving on an outer day in outer London already meeting the ULEZ emissions standards.

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