We have just bought a new hybrid (part electric, part petrol) car because of the £12.50-a-day charge for driving an old vehicle in the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
We didn’t want to pay the charge when the ULEZ was extended to Camden, so we tried to get on the London Mayor’s scrappage scheme that pays low income and Disabled Londoners £2,000 for turning in their old cars.
Unfortunately, they turned us down which made it take longer for us to save up for a cleaner car.
There are other Disabled people out there who can’t afford to get a new car and they’ll have to carry on paying the daily charge, which isn’t really fair.
We know they want to save the planet from pollution, but some families like ours have Disabled members who cannot travel on public transport and who really need a car. We have a son who uses a wheelchair and walking frame and we often have to drive him to Stanmore hospital, which is in Harrow. Without our motor we wouldn’t be able to get him there.
We miss our seven-seater Toyota so much. It had a special chair that could be lowered to the ground to help wheelchair users transfer from the pavement to the car. It was a nice car and it wasn’t really that old and it had a very good engine that never gave off smoke. It just didn’t fit the new pollution rules.