ICONIC classic cars will be “slaughtered” and become “museum artifacts” in the wake of new ULEZ rule changes, heartbroken owners claim.
The extension to all London boroughs has sparked outrage among drivers, leaving them in debt, forced to move or dependent on public transport.
The only other option is to say goodbye to their pride and joy: the vintage cars.
Angry motorists from across the city have slammed the £12.50 daily LEZ fee – and refuse to give up their iconic engines.
West London Harley-Davidson owner Trevor Manlow predicts that classics like his Dyna Wide Glide will become “museum artifacts” while Ulez obliterates the iconic bikes.
The 53-year-old told PA as reported by The post: “It makes me angry when kids see these cars and bikes on the street and at shows and they smile, they love it.”
“However, the Ulez expansion will negate that as fewer people will take them out.”
“I still ride the bike, just refuse to pay the fee and take it to a workshop at the first opportunity to have it Ulez compliant.”
Another frustrated motorist, Paul Robins from Kent, had to put up a “ridiculous battle” with TfL to keep his vehicles on the road.
He described the new allegations as “the death of the modern classic car”.
The 60-year-old claimed he would have to quit his job and start receiving unemployment benefits if he had to pay £12.50 a day for his three cars.
The plumber is the proud owner of a mid-2000 Alpina B10 3.3 liter, a mid-2000 BMW 530i Touring and a mid-2002 Honda CBR600 motorcycle.
He said: “What really annoys me is that it’s been such a fierce battle that they’re rejecting (the compliance request) for nonsensical reasons.”
Meanwhile, Paul Tucker confessed he would be forced to borrow money or take out loans to cover the cost of an Ulez-compliant car.
The 52-year-old from Northolt, west London, has been touring the city in his beloved 1998 Peugeot 106 Rally for over a decade.
“I feel targeted, it’s just another money ploy and if the mayor was serious he would issue a total ban,” he said.
“I need a car to get to work but I can’t afford one so I have to take out a loan to buy one.”
“I’ll get into debt because of Ulez.”
The bodyfitter claimed that “a lot of people” would “suffer” from this new policy.
An elderly resident has admitted he will be giving up his 1999 Volvo V70 and using his family as a lifting platform.
Because of Ulez, I will go into debt.
Peter McGeough, 80, said a new car was out of the question.
The retired aircraft engineer from Greenford, west London, said: “The support system is just not up to the mark and as this is my only vehicle I depend on my family to help me with my daily chores.” I have to shop for groceries, go to the doctor – as I just have no other way to get there. I’m so upset about the whole situation.”
Elsewhere, Jay McDonald has spent a staggering £25,000 on his 986 Mark 3 Ford Capri.
But the classic beauty doesn’t live up to Ulez standards.
The 45-year-old, from Hayes, West London, said: “These modern classics are the same as the ones from my childhood that my parents and relatives drove and it’s nostalgic and we’re seeing fewer and fewer cars like this on the roads see.” less.”
One man is even considering moving after expansion.
Richard Moore owns a limited edition 1996 Vauxhall Calibra Turbo 4×4 – and there are only about 30 of them in the country.
The motorway communications engineer from Hainault, Greater London, said: “This car is a big part of my life, this plan will destroy the classic car scene.”
Another heartbroken motorist, 24-year-old Nicholas Stone, is saddened that his parents are selling their car – which is older than him.
The 1998 Mazda Demio has been transporting the family for more than two decades.
The student said, “It’s really a shame we have to sell it. The car is older than me having been bought by my family for over £10,000 and now we are selling it for less than £500.”
Additionally, James Stoddart, another classic car owner, claimed: “I have to limit the frequency with which I drive this car out now because I know it will wipe out modern classic cars not only for me but for thousands of car enthusiasts as well.” “
This is happening because his car enthusiast Karl Amos believes he needs to launch his 1985 Classic Mini.
This car is a big part of my life, this plan will destroy the classic car scene.
The 23-year-old, from Hillingdon, west London, said: “When I first built this car from scratch I said I would be buried in it and never thought I would ever have to think about parting with it .” It broke my heart.”
Christina Calderato, Director of Strategy and Policy at TfL, said: “Vehicles classified by the government as classic cars with a historic vehicle tax bracket are exempt from the ulez tax.”
“The ulez fee is set to discourage frequent use of non-compliant vehicles but allow for occasional trips.”
“Any net income generated by the Ulez will be reinvested in the operation and improvement of London’s transport network, such as the expansion of bus routes around London.”
“The Mayor has committed to expanding the bus network around London, announcing the Superloop and millions of additional kilometers of public transport.
“This supports one of the goals of the ulez, which is to encourage people to make more sustainable travel choices.”