Sadiq Khan defends ULEZ extension as thousands of petrol and diesel drivers risk charges

Sadiq Khan defends ULEZ extension as thousands of petrol and diesel drivers risk charges

03/07/2022

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It was announced last week that the London Mayor will seek to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) all the way to the Greater London boundary by the end of 2023. Sadiq Khan argued that the expansion will remove between 20,000 and 40,000 vehicles per day from the car’s streets.

The move was supported by an expanded scrappage scheme to encourage people to get rid of their older, polluting vehicles and look at other options including public transport.

The Mayor has also stressed the need to support low-income households, disabled people and charities to buy ULEZ compliant vehicles and introduce exemptions where applicable.

The expansion would see all drivers within the area charged £12.50 per day to drive inside the area if they have a non-compliant car.

Transport for London (TfL) estimates that 100,000 cars per day will be affected by the ULEZ expansion along with 35,000 vans and 3,000 HGVs.

The Mayor said he wouldn’t “put his head in the sand” over the issue and would take action to lower the pollution rates.

He had previously outlined four potential options for cutting congestion and improving air quality in the capital. 

The proposed options included introducing a Greater London Boundary Charge for vehicles driving into London or implementing a low-level daily Clean Air Charge for all but the cleanest vehicles.

However, Khan has decided on expanding the existing ULEZ ahead of a more sophisticated road-user charging scheme based on miles driven and vehicle type being introduced in the future.

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Some residents of Outer London boroughs were also fearful that they would be unfairly hit by the expanded ULEZ scheme.

There has been particular concern around a “premium fare” from London to Heathrow, with some living near the airport saying it would be counterproductive.

Some campaign groups have suggested that extra costs on public transport would lead to more cars on the road.

Speaking to MyLondon, Mr Khan responded: “That doesn’t apply to Outer London residents… it doesn’t affect them. 

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