April 5, 2019 4.44pm BST
London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is coming into force, as part of efforts to tackle air pollution in the city. From April 8, 2019, vehicles will have to meet tight exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge to drive into central London. The most polluting vehicles will have to pay a daily charge of £12.50 for cars, motorcycles and vans, and £100 for lorries, buses and coaches, on top of the daily £11.50 congestion charge.
Initially, the ULEZ will cover the same area as London’s congestion charging zone. In October 2021, the ULEZ charging zone will expand beyond central London to cover all of London within the capital’s major circular arterial roads – the North and South Circular – encompassing 3.8m Londoners. Expanding the ULEZ will require investment in new monitoring infrastructure the cost of which has been estimated at £700m.
The scheme is expected to raise £220m a year – but this will only cover its operating and set-up costs. Any further revenues raised from the ULEZ are earmarked for measures to make the city’s public transport fleet “clean and green”, and reduce pollution across the transport network. The objective of the ULEZ is not so much to raise funds, but more to change driver behaviour.
Ultra Low Emissions Zone following expansion of the zone in October 2021. Transport for London
Why the change?
Plans to introduce the “world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone” were announced back in 2013, by former mayor of London, Boris Johnson. But his successor Sadiq Khan brought forward the scheme’s introduction from 2020 to 2019. The aim of the ULEZ is improve air quality in London – specifically to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 45%. Around half of NOx emissions come from road transport.
These pollutants worsen chronic illnesses, shorten life expectancy and can damage lung development. Society’s most vulnerable people suffer most from air pollution: deprived communities and ethnic minorities as well as older people, young people and children. At least 438 primary schools are in areas with illegal and unsafe pollution levels.
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April 5, 2019 4.44pm BST London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is coming into force, as part of efforts to tackle air pollution in the city. From April 8, 2019, vehicles will have to meet tight exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge to drive into central London. The most polluting vehicles will… [Read More]