Mr Pritchard, from Croydon, south London, said he had chosen to use the vehicle, adorned with anti-ULEZ banners, because “it just draws you in” and “you can’t help but look”.
He added that the protest, which happened around Charing Cross just days before King Charles III’s Coronation, was the first protest he had ever been on and wished to “apologise to anyone that may have been caught up in our convoy”.
Mr Pritchard said that he was against the expansion of ULEZ to within the M25 was “complete madness”. He said that “to put a tax on a vehicle because of its age is totally unfair, the DVSA has set out emissions levels needed to pass an MOT”.
Although Mr Pritchard was concerned about how many vehicles the expanded ULEZ would apply to, he was also extremely concerned about the impact of its expansion on businesses.
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Mr Pritchard, who runs an MOT centre, said: “By extending the ULEZ to outer London, it is going to hit a much wider population than just those in the M25.
“It will be killing off a lot of businesses due to lack of customers coming from afar, charities will struggle and the normal working man/woman just will not be able to afford to upgrade their cars/vans at such a high cost and no real options of affordable used cars available.”
Mr Pritchard also spoke of how the ULEZ expansion would mean he could lose customers coming to his MOT centre: “Some of my customers are from outer London because they chose to move out of the area due to not feeling safe here anymore, but would normally drive back in to have any work carried out on their cars.
“I am finding most are not prepared to come back in when the ULEZ comes in and a lot have sold all the family cars and bought one electric car which we can’t service or repair as it’s under a warranty.
“This means I could be losing three MOTs and three services a year just from one family due to downsizing the amount of costs caused by the ULEZ changes. Do this with 300 customers and you can see the damage it will do to just one garage in the new controlled zone.”
Mr Pritchard added that he believed the ULEZ expansion would impact tradespeople who cannot afford to upgrade to a cleaner vehicle. He said: “Trying to get any tradesman to do some work will also have a big impact on everyone because this cost will be added to someone’s bill.
“I have been told by some that they will not be coming in to carry out any work as they cannot afford a new van to travel into the new zone, so again this will impact a lot of tradesmen from the outer regions as well as the local tradesmen which are losing the vans and no option of help as they do not meet the requirements for the scrappage scheme.”
“We then get on to people coming in from outside the M25 wanting to go shopping in Ikea and other places, are they going to pay the £12.50 to come in, absolutely not.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision to expand the ULEZ this Summer has proved controversial since it was announced earlier this year; Mr Pritchard is just one of many who have expressed discontent at the move.
As Mr Pritchard drove around Charing Cross, there were several protesters with banners standing at the south side of Trafalgar Square.
The protest occurred just days before the Coronation of King Charles, an event at which several anti-monarchy protesters were arrested just metres from where the ULEZ protesters were standing.
A large group of anti-monarchy protesters gathered in Charing Cross to mark the Coronation which reportedly cost £100 million to put on.