London Mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed that the London Ultra Low Emission Zone will be introduced in 2020. The zone area follows the congestion charge boundary in central London and will be launched on 7th September 2020. Diesel cars and Vans must be Euro 6 compliant and be five years old or less. Petrol cars must meet Euro 4 criteria, and will still have to pay the daily congestion charge of £11.50. Non compliant vehicles will still be allowed inside the ULEZ zone, but will have to pay a daily charge of £24.
The ULEZ will require vehicles to meet the new criteria 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unlike the regular congestion charge zone which operates between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday. Residents that live within the zone will have a 3 year period where they do not have to comply with the emissions standards. The changes are said to halve emissions of Nitrogen Oxide and Particulate matter from vehicle exhausts.
More than 16,000 people responded to the public consultation, with 79% agreeing it was important to tackle the poor air quality in London, while 58% said they supported the introduction of the ULEZ. The change was also welcomed by David Cameron. If this scheme is successful it is likely that other UK cities could adopt a similar approach in coming years.
Mike Hawes Chief Executive of the SMMT confirmed ‘it is only by encouraging motorists to invest in the latest, low emission technology that the mayors vision could be fully realised’. For more information on how this might affect you visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone?cid=ultra-low-emission-zone.
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