Updated: Mar 1, 2019
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, announced the plans to fight air pollution in the city. Starting on 8 April 2019, the most polluting vehicles will be charged a daily fee to be allowed into the city center.
Subsequently, in 2020 the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be extended across Greater London for heavy diesel vehicles, including buses, coaches, and lorries, the zone will be further extended in 2021 to include cars and vans in all areas up to the North and South Circular roads.
The mayor already confirmed a £10 T-Charge to be implemented in October this year and is proposing to replace it with the introduction of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) from April 2019 which will cover the same area as the T-Charge and will apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “The air in London is lethal and I will not stand by and do nothing. Today I’m announcing bold proposals which are critically needed to safeguard Londoners from our air quality health crisis.I am introducing a new T-Charge this October and subject to consultation, I want to introduce the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London in April 2019. This alone will mean the capital has the toughest emission standard of any world city.”
Petrol vehicles that don’t meet Euro 4 standards and diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro 6 standards will have to pay a ULEZ daily fee (£12.50 for cars, vans, and motorbikes; £100 for buses, coaches, and HGVs) to drive in the zone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Approximately petrol cars more than 13 years old in 2019 and diesel cars more than 4 years old in 2019 will not meet the new standards. The total cost, with the congestion charge, added (during the times of day it is applicable), for motorists with non-compliant cars will be £24 a day. Which they are hoping will act as a real deterrent.
After the ULEZ replaces the T-charge there will be a “sunset period” when the charges won’t apply for residents living in the zone, starting in April 2019 and running until April 2022, in recognition that residents with vehicles are unable to avoid driving into the zone.
More information on ULEZ can be found here.