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Companies are contacting the DVLA in droves as they slap billions of kilos value of fines on drivers. Transport for London (TfL) has requested particulars of greater than 4.4 million drivers alone because the struggle on motorists worsens.

Motorist consultants have warned that the introduction of ULEZ in London, and Clean Air Zones throughout the nation, will proceed to hit drivers within the pocket. One skilled mentioned that motoring fines may attain “record-breaking heights” within the coming years.

There have been £2 billion value of parking and site visitors fines this 12 months up to now. A whopping 43 % of this income got here from parking fines.

Iain Reid, head of editorial at Carwow, mentioned the struggle towards motorists was not going to die down however as a substitute worsen. He mentioned: “It’s clear from the number of requests for vehicle keeper data being made year on year that registered private companies and public authorities are clamping down on parking and traffic violations.”

Mr Reid continued: “The introduction of Clean Air Zones and Ultra-Low Emission Zones over recent years is likely to have a large role in the growth in fines.

“Figures have been rising in line with the introduction and further expansion of Ulez in London, and with Clean Air Zones being introduced in cities as recently as December 2023, it’s possible that fines could reach record-breaking heights.”

Mr Reid said that checking whether your car is compliant with roads before setting off on a drive will become part of the routine for motorists in the future.

He explained: “As multiple new laws have come into effect regarding Clean Air Zones, we would encourage all drivers to spend extra time planning your route, checking the rules of the roads being entered and whether your car is compliant or not.

“We tend to get complacent in areas where we drive most frequently. So, staying alert to new signage and regulations can save you time and money. Otherwise, you could get caught out.”

Private corporations pay £2.50 per request to DVLA, based on figures, handing the company a hefty £25.8 million sum this 12 months up to now.

The value of driving has develop into a serious election challenge this 12 months. Last week, the Tories vowed to scrap Outer London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez) in the event that they have been re-elected. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has repeatedly accused Labour of launching a “war on drivers”.

Labour referred to as the Tory plan “desperate stuff” whereas the Liberal Democrats mentioned the Conservatives have had since August to behave on ULEZ.

Under ULEZ, drivers of essentially the most polluting automobiles should pay a £12.50 every day cost in the event that they use nearly any highway inside Greater London, on high of any tolls or the interior London Congestion Charge.

ULEZ proved controversial when London Mayor Sadiq Khan expanded it into outer London boroughs, together with areas resembling Bromley, Croydon, Heathrow Airport and Wembley. Vandals have broken ULEZ cameras and signage.

However, a 2023 research from the University of Bath discovered that earlier 2019 Ulez measures in interior London had each produced well being and financial advantages for town.