London is one of the busiest cities in the world that accommodates millions of tourists and residents. However, the high number of vehicles and traffic has caused severe air pollution and carbon emission. To combat these problems, Mayor Sadiq Khan created ULEZ (Ultra-Low Emission Zone) - a vehicle emission control scheme set up in April 2019.
With effect from today (29 August 2023), the Major has now expanded the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) London-wide to help to make London a greener, healthier city.
What areas are now in the Expanded ULEZ?
The expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London, covers an area that is now around 18 times larger than its previous zone. This new ULEZ covers all 32 London boroughs and borders the surrounding counties of Surrey, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.
The aim of the ULEZ is to improve air quality in the capital by reducing the number of highly polluting vehicles on the roads. All vehicles that do not meet the minimum emission standards will be charged a daily fee to enter the zone. This includes cars, vans, buses, coaches, lorries, and motorcycles.
Who will be affected by the ULEZ expansion?
The new ULEZ is set to affect around 700,000 cars in London now that the scheme has expanded. The charge for cars and vans is £12.50 per day, while for heavier vehicles like buses and lorries, the charge is £100 per day.
The ULEZ expansion also comes at a time when many countries and cities around the world are looking to implement similar schemes to reduce air pollution. In the UK, other cities like Birmingham and Bath are also introducing ULEZ schemes in the near future.
Overall, the updated ULEZ in London is a crucial development in the fight against air pollution, and it is hoped that it will contribute to a healthier and brighter future for the capital's residents and visitors.