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ULEZ forced me to splash out on new motor says Jill


Reported by Jill

Published on Thursday, December 9th, 2021

Environment Equality Pollution
Microreports

ULEZ forced me to splash out on new motor says Jill


Written by Jill

Published on Thursday, December 9th, 2021

Environment

Equality

Pollution

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.

 

 

 

Written by Jill


Hi. My name is Jill. I work for the Synergy team - a speaking up group for People with Learning Disabilities. I am also a JARGON BUSTER. I go to meetings and to make sure people don’t speak in jargon I have a bell to ring, and Jargon John comes with me. It is very important for me to speak up for people with learning disabilities when it comes to Jargon. In everyday life it is on TV, in hospitals, schools, all over the place. It is my job to stop people using Jargon and use Easy Read with pictures. It is very important for the future. A future where a person with a learning disability can be independent but still get the help they need to guide them in the right direction. Jargon is not a good thing. It is only there to make you look good. People with learning disabilities need to know what is being said in their meetings.

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