IN July 2023, Sadiq Khan confirmed that ULEZ expansion will definitely move forward.
Here we take a look at what the ULEZ extension is, where it covers and what the fees are.
What is the ULEZ extension?
The Ultra Low Emission Zone, also known as ULEZ, will be expanded from August 2023.
According to Transport for London: “ULEZ aims to improve air quality by reducing the number of vehicles in London that fail to meet emissions standards.”
“94% of vehicles driving in the current zone now meet the stringent emission standards on an average day, significantly up from the 39% in 2017 when the ULEZ was first announced.”
“This has helped reduce harmful nitrogen dioxide pollution in central London by almost half.”
In contrast to the congestion charge, the ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 364 days a year – with the exception of Christmas Day on December 25th.
Where will the ULEZ expansion cover?
The ULEZ initially covered the congestion toll zone in central London, from the eastern edge of Hyde Park to around Aldgate.
However, from August 29, 2023, the expansion will cover all of Greater London.
Commenting on expansion in the near future, Mr Khan said: “The decision to expand ULEZ was a very difficult one and I did not take it lightly and I will continue to do everything possible to address any concerns Londoners may have.”
“The ULEZ has already reduced air pollution from toxic nitrogen dioxide by almost half in central London and by a fifth in central London.”
“The forthcoming expansion will allow five million more Londoners to breathe cleaner air.”
What is the ULEZ fee?
Drivers will be charged a daily fee if their vehicle does not meet environmental standards.
Older vehicles, including motorcycles, that do not meet the stricter emission standards must pay £12.50 per day to use them on the ULEZ.
The fee runs from midnight to midnight. This means that if your trip starts before midnight and lasts until the next day, you will be billed for two days.
As a rule of thumb, the affected vehicles are diesel vehicles from before 2015 and petrol vehicles from before 2006.
110 million pounds scrapping bonus was created to help small businesses, charities and households receiving child support or Universal Credit get rid of non-compliant vehicles.
But motorists have complained that the £2,000 on offer is nowhere near the cost of replacing their car.
According to TFL: “Any money received from the program will be reinvested in the operation and improvement of London’s transport network, such as the expansion of bus routes around London.”