TfL keep ULEZ camera locations secret in a bid to stop vandalism

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  • July 6, 2023
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Revealing the exact location of ULEZ enforcement cameras would lead to them being ‘vandalised or chopped down’ even faster than is already happening, Transport for London (TfL) lawyers have said

The High Court has recently finished hearing a judicial review into London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to extend the controversial scheme to cover the entire city.

When judge Mr Justice Smith asked TfL’s barrister Ben Jaffey KC why the locations of the cameras had been kept secret, he replied: ‘The reason for that is because unfortunately people have a hobby of tearing down the cameras.

‘If the exact location of the cameras is mapped, their survival time is greatly reduced.’

There has been a huge number of attacks on the 1,750 numberplate-reading cameras it’s installing in preparation for the ULEZ expansion next month, the Evening Standard reports.

More than 200 cameras have been vandalised or removed so far, and at least one man has been charged with criminal damage as the Metropolitan Police investigate.

Because of this contractors are now using cherry pickers to install the cameras well above the ground, up to 50ft in the air in some areas.

TfL has consistently refused to provide the camera locations, including to the borough councils who are currently challenging the ULEZ expansion in court.

Mr Jaffey added that if drivers knew where the cameras were, if their vehicle was non-compliant they’d be able to avoid paying the ULEZ fine.

TfL believes more than 90% of cars driving in outer London already meet ULEZ rules and wouldn’t be liable for the £12.50 daily charge.

The judicial review concluded yesterday afternoon and the judgement is expected by July 31.

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