London boroughs are fighting back against Sadiq Khan’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) expansion with Transport for London (TfL) vans targeted in a new crackdown.
Bromley Council is taking the lead to stop TfL vans by fining officials who stop on the roadside to cash out motorists.
Last week, Bromley Council issued their first ticket against TfL after spotting a van mounting a kerb on September, 18.
The news was praised by Bromley councillor Simon Fawthrop who called on TfL to stop fining motorists.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “I’m delighted the regime of fining ULEZ vans has kicked in, hopefully they will now stop their illegal activities to catch unsuspecting vehicles.”
Earlier this month, Bromley had warned they would hit vans with £130 fines if they continued parking on verges.
It came after residents reported they had noticed the vehicles illegally parking across the borough in the days following the ULEZ expansion which came into force on August, 29.
Nicholas Bennett, Executive Councilor for Transport, Highways and Road Safety at Bromley Council also confirmed TfL would not be handed any exemptions.
He explained: “Drivers will know it is not acceptable to park on the pavement or verge unless of course, as in some cases, there is an exemption in place, which is clearly shown in the roadside signs.
“If our Civil Enforcement Officers do see a van parked on the verge, we will issue a penalty charge notice, be this for TfL or anyone else, including if they are working on ULEZ cameras or anything else.”
Bromley is not the only council taking action with Harow confirming they would also fine TfL vans if they broke laws.
A spokesperson for the London Borough of Harrow told Express.co.uk: “Any vehicles found parked illegally in our borough face a penalty charge notice.
“This includes parking on pavements, blocking access and parking on grass verges including ULEZ enforcement vehicles.”
It is understood the Mayor deployed around 20 TfL vans across Greater London to fill in holes left by destroyed ULEZ cameras.
Vandals, who dub themselves the ‘blade runners’, have ripped down the detectors in frustration at having to pay £12.50 per day to use their non-compliant cars.
But, Transport for London accepted they backed the fines and would pay the charge issued in Bromley.
A TfL spokesperson said: “TfL fully supports the use of highway authority powers to enforce against parking in unauthorised locations.
“We have reminded the driver of this vehicle regarding their responsibilities and our contractor, who will be paying the penalty charge notice.”