Khan moots early implementation of capital's low transport emmissions zone

The mayor of London has published a consultation document which proposes bringing forward the delivery of an ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) and expanding the area covered by the zone.

London: mayor proposes bigger Ultra Low Emissions Zone
London: mayor proposes bigger Ultra Low Emissions Zone

Under current proposals, from September 2020, all cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles would need to meet strict exhaust emission standards, or pay a daily charge, when travelling in the central London congestion charge zone.

But Sadiq Khan’s proposals, published today, suggest going further. They propose: 

  • bringing forward the introduction of the ULEZ to 2019, instead of 2020

  • extending the ULEZ from Central London to Londonwide for heavy goods vehicles as early as 2019, but possibly later; and

  • extending the ULEZ from Central London up to the North and South Circular roads for all vehicles as early as 2019, but possibly later.

The capital’s existing Low Emission Zone (LEZ), which covers most of Greater London and applies to older lorries, coaches and commercial vehicles but not private cars or motorbikes, would be unaffected by the changes.

Alex Williams, TfL’s managing director of planning, said: "The mayor has asked us to set out in detail and seek views on a range of proposals that will have a significant impact in reducing pollution in the capital.

"We think these ambitious proposals show London is taking the lead globally in tackling one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. I would urge as many people as possible to respond to the consultation to help us shape our plans."

The consultation runs until 18 December 2016 and can be found here.

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