To help clean up the air in London, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is in operation 24/7, every day of the year (apart from Christmas Day).
It currently covers all areas inside the North and South Circular roads… but if expansion plans go ahead, the zone could soon be extended city-wide to help improve air quality, address the climate emergency and reduce congestion on the roads.
Proposals for the new strategy include expanding the ULEZ London-wide from August 29th next year, as well as changing the fines for the ULEZ and congestion charge and removing the annual registration for autopay.
The overall vision is for all trips in London to be made either by walking, cycling or by taking public transport by 2041. Mayor Sadiq Khan is also keen to see the city reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and deliver a 70 per cent reduction in people being seriously injured or killed in road accidents by 2030.
Initial assessments suggest that in the first year of expansion, in combination with tougher Low Emission Zone standards, a nine per cent drop in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from cars and vans could be seen in outer London.
In addition, a five per cent drop in NOx emissions London wide could be achievable, as could a one per cent reduction in car and van CO2 emissions in outer London.
The majority of vehicles must meet ULEZ emissions standards or pay a £12.50 daily charge in order to drive inside the zone. This includes minibuses up to five tonnes, cars, vans, motorcycles and specialist vehicles (up to 3.5 tonnes).
Residents in the congestion charge area will also have to ensure emission standards are met, as the 100 per cent discount of the daily charge has now come to an end.
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