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Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) consultation

In 2015 London Councils suggested how TfL's proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone could be strengthened and improved

  • By Owain Mortimer

An Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will apply in the Congestion Zone area of Central London from 7 September 2020.  This will restrict the types of cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses and Heavy Goods Vehicles that can enter the zone without paying an additional daily charge. TfL is also taking action to reduce emissions from buses in the ULEZ and carrying out further consultation on restrictions on taxis and Private Hire Vehicles. We support the concept and charge of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London.

We welcome TfL's plans to work with boroughs to consider opportunities for expanding the boundary of the ULEZ or tightening the restrictions of the Low Emission Zone.

In our response to the consultation on the ULEZ we said that we want 

  • the Mayor to work with inner London boroughs that want to see the ULEZ expanded into their areas.
  • a longer exemption period for the residents living within the proposed zone
  • a scrappage scheme for all drivers who wish to replace their vehicle with a new one that meets the ULEZ criteria 
  • TfL to consider and communicate the longer-term future of the ULEZ, so that if criteria are strengthened in future, residents and businesses do not have to replace their vehicles again
  • the charges collected by TfL from the ULEZ to be ring-fenced and used for measures that will improve air quality in London.

The proposed ULEZ will not solve London’s air quality issues alone and boroughs are committed to continuing to work with the Mayor to deliver air quality improvements.