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New Ultra Low Emissions Zone plans revealed

Earlier this year thewas introduced in , which required drivers of older vehicles to pay a daily fee to use the congestion charge zone. 

This takes the daily charge up to £21.50 for thousands of drivers, totalling up to £2,490 a year. 

Now, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announce his plans to expand the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone. 

Today, the Mayor launched a new public consultation on the next phase of ULEZ in London. 

The ULEZ standards would be applied across the whole of London for uses, coaches and lorries from 26 October 2020 and for cars, vans and motorbikes (with limited exemptions) up to the North and South circular roads from 25 October 2021.

Drivers using the ULEZ will have to pay a  daily fee to use it – much like the T-Charge. 

However, when the ULEZ replaces the T-Charge on 8th April 2019 it will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week unlike the T-Charge which only has set operational hours and days. 

The charge for non compliance will also increase to £12.50.

It is expected that these new pans will affect up to 100,000 cars a day, 35,000 vans a day and 3,000 lorries a day.

Drivers of non-compliant lorries, coaches and buses would pay £100 a day. Diesel vehicles that do not meet the Euro 6 standard and most petrol vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 standard will have to take action or pay, making the ULEZ the tightest emission standard adopted in any major world city.

Revelations made by the Mayor in October revealed that all Londoners live in areas which exceed the World Health Organisations guidelines for particulate pollution. 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “I am determined to take the bold action needed to protect the public from London’s poisonous, deadly air. I can’t ignore the shameful fact that London’s air is so toxic it harms children’s lungs, exacerbates chronic illness and contributes to thousands of premature deaths each year.

“Following the successful introduction of the T-Charge, and confirmation of the central London ULEZ, I am moving ahead with the next stage of my plan to expand the Ultra-Low Emission Zone up to the busy north and south circular roads.

I am determined to take the bold action needed to protect the public from London’s poisonous, deadly air

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

“I want Londoners to let me know what they think about my plans to clean up our lethal air.

“I’m doing everything in my power to turn around air pollution in London but I urgently need the Government to wake up to the scale of the challenge. Instead of blocking London from accessing the new National Clean Air Fund, they should be delivering a scrappage scheme to get the filthiest cars off our roads.

“The Government’s own data shows that roughly 40 per cent of the UK’s roads exceeding legal pollution limits are located in the capital. Drivers need help switching to cleaner vehicles and greener alternatives and the whole of London needs a government which takes responsibility for this toxic air quality crisis.”

Alex Williams, TfL, Director of City Planning, said: “The Mayor has set out his vision for how harmful emissions will be dramatically reduced in the capital and we are working full speed to deliver his ambitious agenda. 

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says he wants to improve the toxic air in London

“The successful introduction of the T-Charge, the greening of the bus fleet and the bringing forward of the date for the central London ULEZ to April 2019 are all clear demonstrations of our intent to clean up London’s dangerously polluted air. 

“The plan to expand the ULEZ up to the North and South circular is the next step change needed towards bringing the city’s air within legal limits. We look forward to Londoners helping us shape these proposals through the consultation.”

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said: “This is a welcome move by the Mayor. This consultation takes us closer to a comprehensive expanded Ultra-Low Emission Zone. 

“For too long, Londoners have endured lethal and illegal levels of air pollution, much of it from diesel vehicles. We believe all Londoners deserve clean air at the earliest opportunity and we urge the Mayor to continue implementing measures that will benefit millions of people.

“Restrictions on the most polluting vehicles are only part of the solution though. We need fewer cars not just newer cars. That means continued investment in a comprehensive network of high quality public transport across the capital, and better cycling and walking facilities. This will help deliver a healthy, prosperous future for all Londoners.”

Responding to the news that the Mayor of London is consulting on plans to expand London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone to all vehicles within the North and South Circular in 2021, ClientEarth spokesperson Simon Alcock said. 

“The Mayor has ramped up the ambition when it comes to an Ultra Low Emission Zone in London and that is essential to protect people’s health. The ULEZ should be the cornerstone of a strategy to bring air pollution in the city to within legal levels as soon as possible. We think it should be across the whole of Greater London and be introduced as soon as possible. 

“There are still pollution hotspots outside the North and South Circular that need to be tackled. If the Mayor decides against a ULEZ in those areas then he needs to demonstrate how he’d meet legal pollution limits just as quickly with other measures.”

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