Ultra Low Emissions Zone

The Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), was introduced in a limited Central London area in April this year. For instance Shoreditch on the A10. It charges £160 for each day if you breech the zone with a car. For Petrol cars it is those that does not meet Euro 4 emissions.

ULEZ Zone details

But it does not know your emissions, it is just guessing by the date of the car. It uses the registration number to issue the fine by spotting it on the road using a camera.

If you ask the website if your car, truck, van or motorcycle qualifies for a fine, it does the same guess.

For Petrol cars with a current MOT, your car HAS PASSED the Euro 4 emissions test!

But you have to register in advance with TFL the MOT emissions results, or they will issue a fine. This currently NOT possible!

This area will expand to all the area inside the M25, next September 2020, so every Petrol car will get caught with a fine driving anywhere in London, anytime of day.

Motor Cycles are not tested on their MOT, but you can request a emissions test at one of four test stations nominated by TFL, but currently they are FULL!

The cost of not registering is £80 a day, so it is well worth doing!

TFL will not take a complaint, so I have had to raise this with the Mayor of London!

Police Raid Indian Call Centre to stop Older People being Scammed

The BBC have published a report about the police finally taking action over computer fraud.

Click here to read the report


Its main suggestions to people who receive a phone call about their computer being in danger is:-

“often they persuade their victims to give them remote access to their computers. Once they have achieved that, they move on to getting into their target’s online bank account.”

Never give anyone over the phone access to your computer – or your banking details!

“Don’t call phone numbers on pop-up messages which indicate there is a problem with your computer.”

These are undoubtedly fake, use a proper Anti-virus program if in doubt, many are available for free, which we can help you put on your computer or mobile phone.

“Always check out callers, especially cold callers who claim to be Microsoft, your telephony provider or internet service provider.”

It is not wrong to be suspicious, put the phone down and find a real number for the company that says they rang you. Wait 30 minutes and then phone them to confirm. This prevents people holding on to your phone line, and answering any call you make.

“The City of London Police said anyone who thought they had been targeted by a computer software service scam should contact Action Fraud.”

Their phone number is  0300 123 2040 Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm. 

If you are calling from abroad please call +44 300 123 2040

Help others by passing on this message.

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Electric Vehicles in Hackney

From 25 October 2021 (2 years time) the ULEZ boundary will be extended to create a larger zone bounded by the North and South Circular Roads. If you are driving any petrol or diesel vehicle within this enlarged area you will also need to meet new tighter emissions standards or pay a daily charge.

The ULEZ would see vehicles that do not meet emission standards will incur a daily charge to drive within the zone, ranging from £12.50 for some light vehicles, up to an additional £100 for some heavy goods vehicles which do not meet the Euro VI emissions limit. That is all of Hackney.

The mission seems to be to drive all but electric vehicles off the road, without having the electric charge points or the cars available to cope with the change in 2 years time.

Drivers within the expanded zone using non-compliant vehicles will pay a daily ULEZ charge of £12.50, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, even if they are parked (£4,562.5 per annum). These include:
• motorbikes that do not meet Euro 3 standards
• petrol cars and vans that do not meet Euro 4 standards (roughly the equivalent to not being more than fifteen years old for cars in 2021) From 2006!
• diesel cars and vans that do not meet Euro 6 standards (roughly the equivalent to not being more than six years old for cars in 2021) From 2015!

The only alternative is to buy an all electric vehicle, as Hybrid Vehicles will be charged as above.

With only three Rapid (50Kwh) charging points in the whole of the Borough, I costed out how much it will cost you to do a full charge on the available all electric cars and from the specs and what the range would be before re-charging.

Ford Focus Electric – 33.5 kWh £10.05 + £1.8 = £11.85 full charge in less than one hour, 115-mile range.
Volkswagen e-Golf – 35.8 kWh £10.74 + £1.8 = £12.54 full charge in less than one hour, 125 miles of range
Nissan LEAF – 40 kWh £12 + £1.8 = £13.8 full charge in less than one hour, 151 miles of range

The other Source London charge points are at 3kwh (the equivalent of a 13 Amp socket from your home supply) or 7kwh only, so it takes more time to reach full charge and you may end up paying an overnight charge as well as the charges below.

CarSource London 3kw HoursCost £ + over night £8.64Source London 7kw HoursCost £ + over night £8.64
Ford Focus Electric11.1712.064.795.17
Volkswagen e-Golf11.9312.895.115.52
Nissan LEAF13.3314.405.716.17

You can see Hackney’s plans to cope with this here

I also checked on Clacton-on-Sea, Essex which does not have a single charge point in the whole town.

The only one is outside town in a ASDA supermarket, 1.3 Miles out of town centre and it has only two 7kw charger cables. So your would have to leave your car in a supermarket parking space over night.

To see where chargers are in your area use zap-map.com here 

The Loop at Pembury Furniture re-use Hub

The Loop at Pembury is a community lead, not for profit, furniture re-use hub.
The team of dedicated staff and volunteers collect, repair and sell it at reasonable prices.

Each sale provides training for Hackney residents as well as reducing furniture going to landfill.
You can help by:-
1. Buying items at the shop (items can be delivered for a £10 charge).

2. Volunteer to gain skills and enjoy working with the team repairing and re-painting furniture.

3. Donate unwanted furniture to give it a new lease of life.

The Loop is located on the Pembury Estate near Hackney Central (in the Garages opposite 16 Tolsford Road) London E5 8HH, Telephone: 07506741929.

Map The Loop at Pembury
Opening times 11am-4pm Monday to Friday and some Saturdays.
You can also email them on pembury.reuse@groundwork.org.uk

A new year – the same old me.

I am very happy to be back it is very tough to remember what I had learn so I have to start from beginning, nevertheless i will try my best to remember what i have learnt. It will take time.

I hope it would not take too long.

My Idea is to try and keep my mind on what I have learn to make it much easier for my tutor as it is more people they have to see to during the morning.

Hackney Fixers

The Venue is:

The Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Avenue, London N4 2HF

Saturday, January 19, 2019  12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where you can get Electrical items and other items fixed for FREE.

This is to stop them going to Landfill, as part of Sustainable Hackney.

British Gas no longer read Gas meters

I have been informed by British Gas customer services that they will no longer will send someone round to read the gas meters. Even Vulnerable customers on their “Priority Register”

If the customer wants an accurate bill they must:-

  1. Read the meter every quarter and then ring British Gas to tell them what the meter reading is.


2. Get a Smart meter fitted, which will give British Gas lovely statistics about your daily Gas               use, so they can target their advertising using your personal data.

They introduced this change in August 2018, just after increasing their prices for the 2nd time this year, without telling anyone!

This means you now work for British Gas, until you get a smart meter!

Stephen Adams

PS They also deny EVER having read ALL the gas meters in the UK on quarterly basis!