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TRIGGER HAPPY: Apology issued as ULEZ camera wrongly records drivers near Stanmore

 Published on: 18th October 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

Transport for London (TfL) has issued an apology after an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) camera wrongly recorded cars near Stanmore.

Almost 1,000 cars were registered by the ULEZ camera at the Old Redding junction towards Common Road, despite being outside the zone.

At a full council meeting on September 28, Stanmore Park councillor and Deputy Leader of Harrow Council Marilyn Ashton raised the “severe difficulties” people have been enduring.

She said: “People have been photographed, unfortunately, driving along Old Redding and turning left into Common Road. A lady was telling me she had been fined and she couldn’t understand why because she was driving on a non-ULEZ road.”

A TfL spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, this camera was incorrectly positioned. It was switched off once we were informed of the error and has been repositioned. No charges were taken from customer accounts and any requests for payment were cancelled before any money was paid to TfL.”

Elsewhere, TfL faces the challenge of ongoing ULEZ camera vandalism.

On October 2, the Metropolitan Police announced that they have recorded 795 crimes relating to ULEZ cameras from April 1 to September 31.

When STANMOREnews spoke to two workers reinstalling a camera outside The Hare pub on the edge of Stanmore, they shared they are frequently being subjected to a torrent of abuse. They recalled instances of being spat at and even receiving threats that they would be stabbed.

A police spokesperson said: “The Met continues to treat criminal activity in relation to ULEZ seriously and has deployed considerable resources to our operation. Where there are possible lines of enquiry, local investigators will follow up using a range of investigative approaches, including CCTV trawls, witness searches and an assessment of forensic opportunities.”

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