From 7th September 2020, cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses, heavy goods vehicles and coaches travelling into central London, will need to meet new emissions standards or pay a daily charge
In a press release issued on 30th December 2014 Transport for London have been seeking the views of everyone who lives, works or travels in the capital on the proposed scheme which they say “would significantly improve the air quality and in turn the health of Londoners”. ..and warns, time is running out to have your say.
The ULEZ consultation runs until Friday 9th January 2015 and is available online at www.tfl.gov.uk/ultra-low-emission-zone
The groundbreaking proposals would require all vehicles travelling within the Congestion Charge zone to meet new emission standards and would be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Many vehicles would already meet these standards in 2020, however by introducing this requirement next year the Mayor and TfL aim to accelerate the take up of low emission vehicles and stimulate the low emission vehicle market. The ULEZ will also ensure London’s air quality improves more quickly, making the capital a more pleasant place to live and work, and encourage the use of more sustainable forms of transport.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “Introducing the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone is an essential measure to improve London’s air quality and reduce NO2 . Safeguarding Londoners’ health and well-being is a top priority for my administration. I understand that people need adequate time to switch to greener vehicles and help is at hand for those who will be hardest hit, but let’s be clear, we need to make these important changes ASAP to continue to improve Londoners’ quality of life and give everyone who lives in or visits the city the cleanest possible air to breathe.”
The ULEZ proposals would require your vehicles travelling in central London to meet the following emissions standards, or pay a daily charge:-
Heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches – Euro VI (registered from 1 January 2014 so 6 years old or less in 2020). Non- compliant vehicles would be required to pay a daily charge of £100.