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).
The ULEZ standards would be applied London-wide for
buses, 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
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
The Mayor recently delivered the first phase of these
plans 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 8 April, 2019, the Mayor is introducing the second
phase of his plans with introduction 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
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 seven days a week.
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 28 February, 2018, is
accessible at: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/environment/air-quality-consultation-phase-3b/?cid=airquality-consultation