London Mayor proposes ULEZ expansion from October 2021

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Coaches and buses which do not meet the necessary standards will be charged £100 per day once the ULEZ comes into effect. MIKE SHEATHER

Consultation is launched to gather views on ULEZ expansion to north and south circular roads in October 2021

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has proposed an expansion of the city’s upcoming Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) up to the north and south circular roads for all vehicles from October 25, 2021.

The Mayor has launched a new public consultation on the next phase of his plans to tackle the capital’s air quality. The ULEZ standards would be applied London-wide for buses, coaches and lorries from October 26, 2020 and for cars, vans and motorbikes (with limited exemptions) up to the North and South circular roads from October 25, 2021.

The Mayor recently delivered the first phase of these plans by introducing the new weekday (0700 – 1800hrs Monday -Friday) £10 Toxicity Charge (T-Charge) in central London for the oldest vehicles. This runs alongside and on top of the £11.50 Congestion Charge (C-Charge).

From April 8, 2019, the Mayor is introducing the ULEZ 17 months earlier than initially planned. It will replace the T-Charge and cover the same central area, alongside and on top of the congestion charge, but it will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The daily charge for non-compliant vehicles will increase from £10 to £12.50 (for cars, vans and motorbikes) and £100 (for buses, coaches and lorries).

Diesel vehicles that do not meet the Euro 6 standard and most petrol vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 standard will have to take action or pay, which the London Mayor claims makes the ULEZ the tightest emission standard adopted in any major city worldwide.

Sadiq Khan said: “I am determined to take the bold action needed to protect the public from London’s poisonous, deadly air. I can’t ignore the shameful fact that London’s air is so toxic it contributes to thousands of premature deaths each year.

“Following the successful introduction of the T-Charge, and confirmation of the central London ULEZ, I am moving ahead with the next stage of my plan to expand the Ultra-Low Emission Zone up to the busy north and south circular roads.”

Alex Williams, TfL, Director of City Planning, said: ‘The Mayor has set out his vision for how harmful emissions will be dramatically reduced in the capital and we are working full speed to deliver his ambitious agenda. The successful introduction of the T-Charge, the greening of the bus fleet and the bringing forward of the date for the central London ULEZ to April 2019 are all clear demonstrations of our intent to clean up London’s dangerously polluted air.

“The plan to expand the ULEZ up to the North and South circular is the next step change needed towards bringing the city’s air within legal limits. We look forward to Londoners helping us shape these proposals through the consultation.”