London ULEZ consultation

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London has announced plans for an Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in central London. This would ensure that the most polluting vehicles will pay a charge to enter the capital.

The public consultation on the ULEZ begins today (4th April) and will run until the 25th June.

Should the plans be approved the new charges would take place in 2019.

In addition to the ULEZ, Khan has confirmed the so-called T-Charge, a £10 fee for polluting trucks in London. The T-Charge would be replaced by the ULEZ on April 8th, 2019 should it be fully approved. The ULEZ would be the world’s first such charge, but there are reports that other cities around the UK would soon follow this up.

The ULEZ would be for exactly the same geographical area as the current Congestion Charge zone.

For larger vehicles such as heavy diesel powered coaches, buses and lorries, the ULEZ fees would be extended beyond the existing Congestion Charge zone to the North and South Circular roads in 2020. This would follow for cars and vans in 2021.

Under current proposals the ULEZ daily fee to drive will apply 24/7, 365 days a year to vehicles that will not meet the following standards:

Petrol Euro 4/ IV Diesel Euro 6/ VI Powered Two Wheelers Euro 3 These standards mean that petrol cars more than around 13 years old in 2019, and diesel cars over 4 years old in 2019 will be eligible to pay.

The charges will be £12.50 for cars, vans and motorbikes, and £100 for heavy vehicles such as HGVs and coaches. They will be in addition to the Congestion Charge where applicable.

The ULEZ will apply to all vehicle types, except black taxis, which are already being made cleaner through licensing restrictions. From next year, all new licenced taxis must be zero-emissions capable.

More information about the proposals is available on the Transport for London (TfL) website at: tfl.gov.uk/airquality-consultation
 
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