Man says ‘dog ate two letters’ informing him of fines

A driver has hit out at TfL after a run-in with London’s controversial Ulez scheme left him stressed and thousands of pounds in debt just for riding his motorbike.

Del Hudson, 54, from Richmond, west London, said he had ridden a 2000-plate Honda Fireblade for years but had not taken into account the lack of Ulez compliance when the zone was expanded in August last year.

When the 54-year-old was fined the first time he paid, but said he assumed future fines would be collected automatically after he received an email from TfL informing him he had registered for a London Road User Charging account.

When he was fined four more times, Hudson – who was already in debt – had to watch as overdue fines skyrocketed, with one fine rising to £2,000.

Ulez board/Sadiq Khan/dog with torn paper

Hudson’s dog is said to have eaten two of the letters from TfL informing him of the Ulez fines (file photo)


The motorcyclist said TfL even issued a warrant allowing bailiffs to come and collect his car, while the stress of the looming fines meant he ‘just didn’t deal with it’, and this only added to the depression and anxiety he was experiencing to arise. ago “since Covid”.

Hudson even claimed his dog “ate two of the letters”, adding that if all seven fines had risen to £2,000 they would have totaled half his annual wages.

But when TfL was contacted by a media outlet about the fines, the organization made the shock decision to abolish the penalties entirely as a “gesture of goodwill”.

Although Hudson said he believed waiving the fines was an attempt to make TfL “look good” and had “something to do with the election”.


Richmond/Ulez sign

Del Hudson lives in green Richmond, on the outskirts of London, but still in the Ulez catchment area


The 54-year-old said even lifting the financial burden would not be enough to convince him to vote for Sadiq Khan on May 2, claiming that the average person “just can’t survive right now” and that the mayor it was. not help matters in any form or manner.”

A TfL statement said: “We are sorry for any inconvenience caused to Mr Hudson. After reviewing his case, it is clear that the fines imposed on him were appropriate and followed our standard procedures for lack of an Auto Pay account.

“As a gesture of goodwill, we have canceled the outstanding fines and advised him on setting up Auto Pay.”

Despite switching to driving his Ulez-compliant car, Hudson said he believed he was now creating more CO2 emissions because his daily commute took twice as long without the engine.

The 54-year-old father claimed that driving on four wheels was much more expensive than on two, but said public transport was not an option due to a lung condition that made walking difficult.

Since the rollout by Mayor Sadiq Khan across Greater London in August 2023, Ulez has seen significant backlash both within the capital and at its borders.

The scheme penalizes owners of vehicles that fail to meet certain environmental standards with a daily charge of £12.50 – which has been criticized as unaffordable and unsustainable.

GB News has contacted the Mayor of London for comment.