Furious motorists destroy more ULEZ cameras across London in protest against Sadiq Khan – as one man scales ladders to block enforcement van

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  • The London mayor’s unpopular Ulez scheme was expanded further last month  

Vandals were out in force once again yesterday, with one camera being covered in expanding foam while elsewhere a man held a anti-ULEZ sign on top of ladder trying to block a camera’s view. 

It comes weeks after Sadiq Khan expanded his controversial policy to cover the whole of London – clobbering thousands more drivers with a £12.50 charge. 

The protester scaled the ladder blocking the camera that sat on top of a Transport for London van on Rainham Road in east London, trying to stop cars to pass and avoid the ULEZ charge.

Locals rallied around the man, with one writing on Facebook: ‘Let’s hear it for the lad sitting on the ladders blocking the Ulez camera on Rainham Road. This made my morning power to the people.’

Elsewhere in Ickenham, in the borough of Hillingdon, vigilante vandals sprayed foam used for sealing cracks and insulating lofts over two cameras, blocking it from catching drivers out.

In Hillingdon, protesters covered a camera with expanding foam in a protest to the expansion of Sadiq Khan's unpopular Ulez charge

In Hillingdon, protesters covered a camera with expanding foam in a protest to the expansion of Sadiq Khan’s unpopular Ulez charge 

One protester scaled the ladder blocking the camera that sat on top of a Transport for London van on Rainham Road in east London , trying to stop cars to pass and avoid the ULEZ charge.

One protester scaled the ladder blocking the camera that sat on top of a Transport for London van on Rainham Road in east London , trying to stop cars to pass and avoid the ULEZ charge.

In Ickenham, in the borough of Hillingdon, vigilante vandals sprayed foam used for sealing cracks and insulating lofts over two cameras, blocking it from catching drivers out

In Ickenham, in the borough of Hillingdon, vigilante vandals sprayed foam used for sealing cracks and insulating lofts over two cameras, blocking it from catching drivers out

Local resistance against the unpopular policy, that hopes to improve air quality and reduce pollution in the capital, has been growing since the expansion was announced.

Some online have supported the most recent vandalism. One person wrote: ‘These people deserve to be on the news for their good work well done. FAB-U-LOUS!’

Someone else on the group chimed in saying ‘Quality effort from a quality guy! Thank you.’ 

READ HERE: Luxury super cars descend on huge anti-ULEZ demo in London and rev their engines in protest at Mayor’s hated expansion as backlash against scheme grows

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Another lamented that they weren’t able to do this themselves: ‘I wish I had the time to do this also.’ In one comment he was hailed as a hero with the writer saying: ‘Not all heroes wear capes.’

On one occasion, a camera appeared to be targeted by an arsonists, with a photo shared online appearing to show the black box filled with what appeared to be powder from an extinguisher.

Meanwhile, other cameras have been wrapped up in orange tape or covered in cardboard boxes, with the words ‘NO ULEZ’ scrawled over it.

In one part of southeast London, nine out of ten of the Ulez cameras have been vandalised according to crowd-sourced data. Only 29 of the 185 cameras that have been installed in Sydenham are working.

The expansion of the ULEZ has received opposition from campaigners who have claimed the £12.50 charge is a tax on the poor and working class who cannot afford to pay the charge or replace their older cars.

Last week, a group of supercar protesters took the streets of central London to challenge the London's mayor's expanded scheme

Last week, a group of supercar protesters took the streets of central London to challenge the London’s mayor’s expanded scheme 

One social media post showed a van being towed away on a recovery truck

One social media post showed a van being towed away on a recovery truck

Anti-Ulez campaigners have turned their fire on mobile camera vans trying to enforce the rules, by letting down the tyres and

Anti-Ulez campaigners have turned their fire on mobile camera vans trying to enforce the rules, by letting down the tyres and 

Last week, a group of supercar protesters took the streets of central London to challenge the London’s mayor’s expanded scheme.

The motorcade was led by Petrolheadonism Club founder Ciro Ciampi from Milton Keynes who brought modified, classic vehicles and supercars to parade along Whitehall.

READ MORE: The ULEZ vigilantes strike again: More spy cameras are stolen by activists as Sadiq Khan faces growing backlash over expansion of hated scheme which sees motorists charged £12.50 EVERY time they drive

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The long line of cars passed from Regents Park to Downing Street in a bid show the perceived hypocrisy that some of their ‘supercharged monster’ cars do not have to pay the charge. 

The event – one of many Ulez protests in the capital in recent months – was filmed by motoring journalist Shahzad Sheikh, who calls himself the ‘Brown Car Guy’.

Mr Ciampi told Mr Sheikh: ‘We’ve got to celebrate this moment. For people that are here protesting, wow, amazing, because they’ve been affected big time because they live within the M25. It’s just absolutely stupid that it’s been extended.

‘I’ve got a big event in Wembley, it’s going to affect my event next year. For me I’ve got a couple of cars that are not Ulez complaint and I’ve got to pay £12.50 if I come into London for my meetings and stuff like that.

‘But then I’ve got a V12 in the garage or my mate’s got this eight-litre V8 supercharged monster that is Ulez free. It’s not about clean air.

The Ulez zone expanded to include all of Greater London at the end of last month

The Ulez zone expanded to include all of Greater London at the end of last month

Anti-Ulez campaigners, known as the Blade Runners, claim to have disconnected or destroyed at least 500 of the 2,700 static cameras

Anti-Ulez campaigners, known as the Blade Runners, claim to have disconnected or destroyed at least 500 of the 2,700 static cameras

A string of anti-Ulez protests to have taken place in the capital over the last few months. Pictured: People protest against Ulez in Tooting, London, last month

A string of anti-Ulez protests to have taken place in the capital over the last few months. Pictured: People protest against Ulez in Tooting, London, last month 

‘It’s absolutely somebody being a narcissist, jumped up, bloody-minded egotistical, arrogant mayor that just won’t listen to anybody.’

Mr Stephens, whose car is Ulez compliant, said: ‘It is saying ‘you are OK to drive your polluting car if you give me £12.50’.

‘It is all about money, otherwise they would ban petrol and polluting cars.’

There has also been an increase in the so-called ULEZ ‘blade runners’ with images posted on social media showing some of the TfL vans, with cameras in place, being covered in graffiti.

On other occasions, tyres have been deflated or the vehicle’s cameras have been covered in bags.  

Meanwhile, more than 4,000 people on Facebook have joined a group which encourages people to report sightings of vans. 

Out of 2,700 cameras appeared to be marked as out of action, missing or damaged, according to a map generated by Facebook group ‘Ulez Camera Locations’. 

In relation to this rise in ULEZ camera vandalism, a spokesperson for TFL has previously 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.’ 

MailOnline contacted TfL and the London Mayor’s Office. 




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