World’s first Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will operate from 8 April 2019 in Central London. The 24-hour ULEZ will replace the T-charge, tightening standards and affecting up to 60,000 vehicles per day.
The Mayor of London today announced plans for the next major stage of his hard-hitting measures to help tackle London’s lethal air pollution and dramatically reduce harmful emissions from up to 60,000 vehicles daily – with the early introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London from 8th April 2019.
From April 2019, the ULEZ charge will replace the Toxicity Charge (T-charge) which London Mayor Sadiq Khan introduced last month and will operate the same area, alongside the current congestion charge but unlike those charges the new ULEZ charge will be in place 24 hours 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
There will also be two ULEZ charge levels: £12.50 a day for cars, vans and motorbikes and £100 a day for lorries, buses and coaches. These charges will be in addition to the Congestion Charge (C-Charge), so the more polluting cars and vans would pay £24 per day and lorries would pay £111.50 during C-Charge hours.
All revenue raised will be used by Transport for London to help maintain a greener transport fleet and reduce pollution across the transport network.
ULEZ will also affect thousands more vehicles, up to 60,000 every day, compared to the estimated 6,500 a day affected by the T-Charge. Diesel vehicles that do not meet the Euro 6 standards and most petrol vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 standard will have to take action or pay.
Broadly, a four-year-old or newer diesel car will meet the requirement in 2019 when the scheme comes into force, making the ULEZ the tightest emission standard adopted in the world.
He has also decided that TfL buses – especially the New Routemaster bus – should meet the same Euro 6 requirement as other heavy vehicles and private buses from April 2019.
Road transport emissions in central London are expected to reduce by an additional 20 per cent in 2019 as a result of the early introduction of the ULEZ.
- NOx emissions from HGVs are expected to reduce by nearly 50 per cent.
- Coach and non-TfL bus emissions will reduce by more than a third.
- Emissions from cars and vans are expected to reduce by eight and 12 per cent respectively (it should be noted that while the reduction in emissions is smaller than for larger vehicles, their savings make up nearly one-third of the emissions reductions in central London).
- More than 30,000 people in central London (a 40 per cent reduction), and 100,000 people across London, will no longer live in areas exceeding the NO2 limits.
- 19 schools in central London and 42 schools across London will no longer be in areas exceeding legal limits in 2019 as a result.
- The ULEZ benefits should be even greater by 2020 with an estimated 45 per cent reduction in road transport emissions.