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Day: October 29, 2019

London low emission zone racks up 224,000 penalty charges
Featured, London

London low emission zone racks up 224,000 penalty charges

    Since coming into effect in April 2019, London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) has seen more than 2.1 million drivers pay the daily charge. However, around 224,000 entries into the zone have gone unpaid, incurring penalty charge notices. A Freedom of Information request to Transport for London by Motorway.co.uk uncovered the figures. A total of 223,952 penalties were sent out between May 11 and August 31. And nearly 32,000 drivers have received more than one fine for lack of ULEZ payment. One driver has racked up a scarcely believable 81 penalties, amounting to £13,000. Overall, TfL has made £10.6 million in fines, and £30.7 million in paid ULEZ charges. If that course is maintained, the ULEZ combined could earn TfL more than £120 million in its first year. The ...
EU chief’s warning as deal approved
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EU chief’s warning as deal approved

    The latest Brexit delay to 31 January 2020 may be the last one, an outgoing EU chief has warned. Donald Tusk, who is stepping down as EU Council president at the end of November, intervened as MPs appear close to agreeing a pre-Christmas election. Please make the best use of this time, he tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. I also want to say goodbye to you as my mission here is coming to an end, the former Polish prime minister wrote in a message addressed to my British friends. He added the formal decision to offer a three-month delay to avoid no-deal had been rubber stamped. Mr Tusk has been a major figure in the Brexit negotiations, in charge of convening all major summits of EU leaders to sign off on delays requested by Britain and the deals secured with Theresa M...
MPs debate election date
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MPs debate election date

    Boris Johnson looks set to secure a pre-Christmas general election as MPs prepare to vote on a bill paving the way for a December poll. The prime minister avoided a potential obstacle when the House of Commons deputy speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, refused to allow votes on Labour amendments calling for the vote to be given to EU citizens and 16- and 17-year olds. The government had said it would pull the bill if either of the amendments passed. Earlier, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party would back an early election after its condition that a no-deal Brexit be taken “off the table” was met.