London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which aims to reduce air pollution, is now live in the central area of the city.
Billed as the world’s first 24-hour Ultra Low Emission Zone, the year-round measure ensures vehicles that don’t meet new emission standards will incur a daily charge. The ULEZ has the same standards as the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) that will be introduced in Birmingham in January 2020, with the exception being that motorcycles will be charged in London. Further to this, depending on the time of day, drivers in the capital may also have to pay a congestion charge on top of the ULEZ fee.
Cars, vans, and motorbikes that enter the ULEZ and do not meet the emission standards will pay £12.50 per day, while trucks, buses, and coaches must pay £100 per day. The equivalent charges in Birmingham will be £8 for cars and vans, and £50 for trucks, buses and coaches.
The ULEZ has been introduced to address the significant air pollution issue that exists in London and is harmful to the health of those who work, live and visit the city.
Upon launching the ULEZ the London Mayor – Sadiq Khan – said:
“This is a landmark day for our city. Our toxic air is an invisible killer responsible for one of the biggest national health emergencies of our generation. I simply refuse to be yet another politician who ignores it. The ULEZ is the centrepiece of our plans to clean up London’s air – the boldest plans of any city on the planet, and the eyes of the world are on us. This is also about social justice – people in the most deprived parts of London, who are least likely to own a car, suffer the worst effects of harmful air pollution. I will not stand by and watch children grow up with under-developed lungs in our city. The ULEZ is a vital step towards helping combat London’s illegal air.”
You can find out about the Clean Air Zone that goes live in Birmingham in January here.