Press Release: The Independent Garage Association Talks with Transport for London on the Impact of the ULEZ Expansion on Independent Garages
The Independent Garage Association (IGA) met with the Transport for London (TfL) on Tuesday 15th August 2023 to address concerns surrounding the upcoming expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), scheduled to come into effect on August 29th 2023 affecting all London boroughs. The meeting aimed to discuss potential effects on independent garages operating within the expanded zone.
“Whilst we wholeheartedly support the need to protect health and provide clean air for the people of Greater London,” said Stuart James, Chief Executive of the IGA, “We must not lose sight of the fact that businesses and livelihoods need to be considered.”
One of the central concerns raised during the meeting was the potential financial burden on motorists due to the proposed £12.50 per day charge for vehicle use within the extended ULEZ area. Whilst TfL have plans to support consumers with vehicle scrappage schemes, the £12.50 charge has the potential to impact vehicle owners seeking essential motoring services such as MOTs, servicing, and repairs, which are often provided by independent garages.
TfL’s commitment to emissions control updates was also noted with funding available for retrofitting from Euro 5 to Euro 6 standards. However, concerns were raised from the IGA regarding the availability of approved suppliers within the designated area with only one approved supplier for the whole area.
James concluded, “Our meeting with TfL was a step towards highlighting the concerns of independent garages. Protecting the environment is important, but we must find ways to strike a fair balance between environmental goals and the economic well-being of local businesses and individuals”
The IGA remains committed to actively participating in further talks with TfL to ensure a balanced approach.
Notes to Editors:
- ULEZ operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year, except Christmas day.
- If your vehicle does not meet the ULEZ emissions standards, you need to pay a £12.50 charge to drive within the zone.
- ULEZ is expanding across all London boroughs from 29th August 2023. Information on the expansion of ULEZ can be found here.
About the Independent Garage Association:
The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is a leading trade body representing the interests of independent garages across the United Kingdom. With a strong commitment to quality, professionalism, and innovation, the IGA aims to support and empower independent garage operators to deliver exceptional vehicle maintenance and repair services to consumers across the country.
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