London ULEZ confirmed for 2019 launch

The Mayor of London Sadiq Kahn has confirmed that the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will come into effect from 2019 - almost a year and a half earlier than originally planned.

Replacing the new T-Charge zone, the ULEZ will begin on 8th April 2019 and is set to cover the same area. This is the same as the Congestion Charge Zone, though there are plans already in place to expand the ULEZ to all areas within the North and South Circular roads. This is currently scheduled for 2021, but Mr Kahn has already brought forward one proposal, and may do a similar thing again.

The greatest difference between the ULEZ and current T-Charge zone is the stricter emissions regulations required to avoid a charge. Minimum requirements for diesels increase from the T-Charge's existing Euro 4 standard or better, to the current Euro 6 standard. Petrol cars will remain at Euro 4 or better, and motorbikes also remain at Euro 3 or better.

Drivers of vehicles that don't meet these standards will have to pay should they enter the ULEZ, just as they do for the T-Charge zone that went live last month. Most diesels that are four years old or less in 2019 will meet the Euro 6 standard required for no charge.

The Mayor's office expects that road transport emissions are expected to reduce by an extra 20% in 2019 because of the ULEZ plans being brought forward. HGV NOx emissions are expected to reduce by almost half, emissions from coaches and non Transport for London buses to be cut by more than a third, and emissions from cars and vans to be reduced by 8% and 12% respectively.

Mr Kahn has also reiterated calls for the Uk Government to implement a national vehicle scrappage scheme to provide support for people who own higher-polluting models to switch to cleaner alternatives. He has also called for financial incentives such as reforms to vehicle excise duty (VED or 'car tax') to promote the uptake of greener cars.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:3rd Nov 2017

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