ULEZ charges night-workers twice on same shift, Khan warned

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The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) is demanding that Khan do something to “rectify this assault on night-time workers”. NTIA, which represents businesses that operate between 6pm and 6am, estimates that nearly 40,000 workers who work past midnight may have to pay the ULEZ charge to get to and from work.

It could mean affected workers would be charged £25 to commute to work by car. Nighttime workers can be more reliant on cars to travel to and from work, because public transport services are reduced after midnight.

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NTIA’s chief executive, Michael Kill, told a national newspaper: “The midnight threshold unfairly condemns countless night workers who are unable to afford compliant vehicles to a double whammy of charges as they diligently fulfil their duties during unconventional hours.

“It also brings into question how many night workers are paying double when public transport is limited due to industrial action.”

Kill is now demanding that Khan and TfL (Transport for London) review the scheme. He wants to see a rolling 24-hour period for night workers incorporated within the ULEZ charging structure.

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He told The Telegraph: “This would create a fair and considered charge which does not penalise night workers for their hours of work.”

A spokesman from the NTIA said: “As a relentless advocate for the interests of businesses and communities, the NTIA demands an immediate and thorough reevaluation of these draconian measures. Collaboration with stakeholders across sectors is imperative to rectify this assault on workers, residents, and visitors alike.

“It is imperative that London’s reputation as an exhilarating, affordable, safe and economically feasible destination is not decimated by shortsighted policy choices.”

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A TfL spokesperson said: “An integrated Impact Assessment published by Jacobs looked at the impact of the expanded zone on those working at night and the report formed part of the Mayor’s decision when considering expanding the zone.

“As things stand, with the night tube and night buses available and nine out of ten cars seen in the extended zone already compliant, only a very small number of night workers who drive are likely to be affected.”

However, the issue was raised before ULEZ was expanded. Earlier this year, Unite regional officer Joe McGowan said: “Aviation workers operate 24/7, 365 days a year.

“Shifts begin and end at all hours of the night and it is often not possible to get to work without a car. If Ulez is not delayed and then introduced without strong mitigation for workers at Heathrow, then this will be disproportionately unfair for aviation workers and will be a strong disincentive for people seeking work at Heathrow.”

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