When the automotive industry has made the national headlines in recent years, it’s rarely been for positive reasons.

The latest example of this has been the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London, an environmental policy that’s already onto a loser in the popularity stakes by hitting people in their pockets.

Could the vociferous negative reaction to ULEZ that’s now spilled onto the streets with protests (and even seen cameras chopped down) be repeated as we head towards the government’s ban on the sale of internal combustion-engined vehicles in the next decade?

An expanded ULEZ is something we’ve known has been coming for a long time, yet as the date loomed the debate around it only gained in intensity as it dawned on people the policy really was going to start costing them money.