Transport for London (TfL) has begun installing more than
300 Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) warning signs across central London.
The signs, which are being installed at the same locations
as existing Congestion Charge signs, warn drivers at all entry points to the
zone, and on a number of key approach routes, to ensure their vehicle meets the
tough new emission standards that come in to effect next year.
TfL has been running an extensive communications campaign
since the spring to prepare drivers for the ULEZ. It has sent more than 2.5 million
emails and contacted registered Congestion Charge users whose vehicles do not
meet the ULEZ standards, to remind them the new zone begins on 8 April, 2019.
TfL is also contacting other drivers it identifies in
central London whose vehicles are not currently ULEZ-compliant. That, it said,
had helped encourage 1.3 million visits to TfL’s online compliance checker,
where people could check if their vehicle complied with the ULEZ emission
The ULEZ will help take the most polluted vehicles off
London’s streets and is a central part of the London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s work to
make the city a healthier, greener place by tackling the severe health impacts
caused by polluted air.
To discourage the use of the most polluting vehicles,
drivers travelling within the zone and using non-compliant vehicles, will need
to pay a daily ULEZ charge of £12.50, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They
- Motorbikes that do not meet Euro 3 standards
(roughly the equivalent of not being more than 12 years old in 2019)
- Petrol cars and vans that do not meet Euro 4
standards (roughly the equivalent of not being more than 13 years old in 2019)
- Diesel cars and vans that do not meet Euro 6
standards (roughly the equivalent of not being more than four years old in
- Buses, coaches and lorries will need to meet or
exceed the Euro VI standard or pay £100 a day
Nick Fairholme, director of project and programme delivery
at TfL, said: “We are committed to tackling the public health crisis that is
London’s toxic air. It affects all Londoners, causing 9,000 premature deaths
every year and reducing the quality of life for thousands more.
“We’re working hard to prepare Londoners for the ULEZ and to
encourage them to opt for vehicles that emit fewer pollutants or walk, cycle or
use public transport. We know that many people are aware, with more than 1.3
million checks of vehicles’ compliance on our website.
“These new signs will
be a physical reminder that the ULEZ is coming, but we won’t stop there. We’ve
contacted registered Congestion Charge users and are currently contacting other
vehicle owners who drive in central London.”