- One in four cameras in the newly expanded zone have been targeted by vandals
At least a quarter of the cameras in London’s newly expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone have been damaged by vandals, new data reveals.
Campaigners this week have stepped up efforts to deface the cameras installed in wake of mayor Sadiq Khan’s controversial extension of the scheme, which is now clobbering thousands more drivers with £12.50 a day charges.
A crowd-sourced map appears to show that 450 of the 1,762 cameras installed to monitor cars in the zone are damaged or missing, The Telegraph reported.
Across the capital there have been reports of cameras being spray painted, stolen and having their wires cut as frustrated drivers push back against the scheme.
Official Met Police figures show that about 380 attacks on cameras have been reported since the start of the year.
At least a quarter of the camera in London’s newly expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone have been damaged by vandals, new data reveals. Pictured: An anti-ULEZ campaigner poses with vandalised cameras
Campaigners this week have stepped up efforts to deface the cameras installed in wake of mayor Sadiq Khan’s controversial extension of the scheme, which is now clobbering thousands more drivers with £12.50 a day charges. Pictured: A vandalised camera in Harefield
Data suggests that six of the 23 boroughs now covered by the ULEZ have had more than a third of their cameras targeted. Pictured: A damaged ULEZ cameras in Feltham
Data collected from Julie’s Ulez Map, a crowd-sourced chart that documents camera locations, shows that six of the 23 boroughs now covered by the zone have had more than a third of their cameras targeted.
The latest data, taken on Thursday, shows that across both the old and existing zone, one in every five – 497 of the 2,692 – recorded cameras have either been removed or are out of commission.
But analysts allege this increases to one in four when assessing data only from camera installed in the newly expanded zone.
The map also suggests that the borough of Bromley has been worst hit with 83 per cent of its cameras – 100 out of 120 – reported missing or damaged.
Otherr hard-hit boroughs include Lewisham, Sutton and Bexley at 60 per cent, 57 per cent and 40.8 per cent, respectively.
The map shows that Bromley is the worst hit borough in London, with the map recording 100 (83 per cent) of its 120 cameras as missing or damaged.
‘We have an extensive camera network which is sufficient to support the effective operation of the scheme,’ a Transport for London spokesperson told The Telegraph.
‘Anyone driving a non-compliant vehicle in the expanded zone will be detected, and we advise everyone to check if their vehicle is compliant.’
A crowd-sourced map appears to show that 450 of the 1,762 cameras installed to monitor cars in the zone are damaged or missing. Pictured: A damaged camera in Harefield
Official police figures show that about 380 attacks on cameras have been reported since the start of the year
Earlier this week, as local resistance to the scheme seemingly increased, TfL said that the vandalism will not stop the Ulez changes from going ahead and that all vandalised cameras will be replaced or repaired.
A spokesperson added that more than 1,900 cameras are in place in outer London.
It was also revealed that Keir Starmer will not step in to save desperate Londoners from the hated expansion scheme.
Labour frontbencher Justin Madders said the leader wanted the mayor to ‘think again’ because of the impact the wider charge will have during the cost-of-living crisis.
But he insisted that Sir Keir has no intention of ‘imposing’ his view on Mr Khan, who has vowed to press ahead despite the huge backlash.
As part of the rollout, TfL launched a website where drivers can input their registration details to check if their vehicle will face a bill.
Earlier this week, as local resistance to the scheme seemingly increased, TfL told MailOnline that the vandalism will not stop the Ulez changes. This camera had been covered with banners reading ‘No ULEZ’
ULEZ will generally affect petrol vehicles introduced earlier than 2005 that are not compliant with Euro 4 emissions regulations.
Meanwhile, diesel cars and vans will only be exempt if their engine complies with more recent Euro 6 rules, which were introduced in September 2015.
This will snare popular vans registered before the cut-off date including Ford Transit Custom 310s.
Diesel cars that will also be liable include the Volkswagen Golf SE Bluemotion Tech TDI (2014 registration); the Seat Leon FR TDI (2014); and the Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX Excite Hatchback (2014).
Affected petrol cars include the Ford Puma Mk1 (2001) and the Honda Civic 1.6i LS Limited Edition 5dr (1998).
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