London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a public consultation on the next phase of his hard-hitting plans to tackle the capital’s toxic air, reduce filthy emissions and protect the public from harmful pollution by expanding the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
It is proposed that the ULEZ standard will be applied London-wide for lorries, buses and coaches from October 26, 2020 and for cars, vans and motorbikes – with limited exemptions – up to the North and South circular roads from October 25, 2021.
The Mayor said he was determined to help thousands more Londoners breathe cleaner air and was delivering a series of measures to protect public health and dramatically reduce car emissions from older more polluting vehicles.
The Mayor recently delivered the first phase of his air quality improvement plan by introducing the new weekday (7am-6pm Monday-Friday) £10 Toxicity Charge (T-Charge) in central London for the oldest vehicles. That runs alongside and on top of the £11.50 Congestion Charge (C-Charge).
From April 8, 2019, the Mayor has already announced introduction of the second phase of his plan with implementation of the ULEZ. It will replace the T-Charge and cover the same central area, alongside and on top of the C-Charge, but it will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The daily charge for non-compliant vehicles will increase from £10 to £12.50 (for cars, vans and motorbikes) and £100 (for buses, coaches and lorries).
The Mayor says the extension of the ULEZ in 2021 could affect 100,000 cars a day, 35,000 vans a day and 3,000 lorries a day.
Drivers of non-compliant cars, vans and motorbikes would pay the same £12.50 daily fee as the central London ULEZ. Drivers of non-compliant lorries, coaches and buses would pay £100 a day.
Diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro6 emission standards and most petrol vehicles that do not meet the Euro4 standard would have to take action or pay, making the ULEZ the tightest emission standard adopted in any major world city, it is claimed.
The area covered by the expanded ULEZ would include all roads up to a limit of the North and South circular roads, but not the North and South circular roads themselves.
The fine for non-payment of the charge if a vehicle does not meet the ULEZ standard is £130 reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days for cars, vans and motorbikes – although the new consultation includes a suggestion that the fine could rise to £160 – and £1,000 reduced to £500 if paid within 14 days for lorries, buses and coaches.
Mr 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.
The consultation, which closes on February 28, 2018, is accessible at: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/environment/air-quality-consultation-phase-3b/?cid=airquality-consultation