Dutch firm challenges £6.5m ULEZ fines

A Netherlands-based lorry firm is taking legal action against Transport for London over Ultra Low Emission Zone fines it claims were issued unlawfully.

The Daily Telegraph reports Transport in Nood BV has applied for permission to launch a judicial review against TfL in the High Court, claiming it has been unlawfully issuing fines to companies in the Netherlands.

The company thinks as much as €7.5 million (£6.5 million) in ULEZ and Low Emission Zone fines could have been wrongly issued to Dutch companies it represents, whose vehicles have been caught in TfL’s charging zone.

The newspaper says the company’s clients received more than 10,000 fine notices from TfL through its debt collection agency Euro Parking Collection from November last year. It says the challenge involves claims that the fines were unlawfully denominated into euros, which goes against UK legislation indicating that all fines should be given in pounds, an “excessively high” exchange rate was used to convert the fines and multiple fines were sent at the same time, which it argues means companies were not able to change behaviour.

A TfL spokesman told the Telegraph: “We have received a claim relating to penalty charge notices from claimants based in the Netherlands and are considering our response.”

(Picture – Highways News)

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