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TfL prepares to expand London ULEZ

Transport for London (TfL) is installing new cameras ahead of the expansion of London’s ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) to the North and South Circular.

Currently, the ULEZ covers the same area as the Congestion Charge Zone, but will cover an area 18 times that size when it goes live from October, 2021. 

Transport for London (TfL) says that the larger zone is vital to ensure that, as London recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, one public health crisis is not replaced with another.

It estimates that the new, expanded ULEZ will reduce harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from road transport by around 30% across the city.

Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning, said: “Expanding the ultra-low emission zone will play a key role in discouraging people from driving heavily polluting vehicles.

“We have already seen significant falls in the most toxic emissions in central London and now see most vehicles meeting the tough standards in the heart of the capital.”

Williams added that TfL is providing financial support for small businesses and the most vulnerable to help them make the green transition.

The ULEZ operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Motorists who drive in the zone in a vehicle that does not meet the minimum emission standard (petrol vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 standards and diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro 6) have to pay the daily charge.

The daily charge is £12.50 for cars, smaller vans, motorbikes and other lighter vehicles, and £100 for lorries, buses, coaches and other heavier vehicles.

The current zone has seen the number of vehicles meeting the tough emission standards rise from 39% in February 2017, to more than 80% now complying.

It has also contributed to a 44% reduction in roadside nitrogen dioxide within its boundaries, says TfL.

The area covered by the existing Congestion Charge and ULEZ has around 650 cameras but, despite the expanded zone being 18 times the size, new technology means only around 750 additional cameras will need to be installed.

Of the vehicles that drive into the new, expanded ULEZ, TfL expects four out of five cars to be compliant by the time the scheme is introduced in October 2021.

To help support those who may find it difficult to meet the ULEZ standards with their own vehicles, the Mayor has launched a £48 million scrappage scheme for those on low incomes, disabled Londoners, small businesses and charities to switch to cleaner vehicles and greener forms of transport.

To help businesses and charities prepare for the expanded zone, earlier this year the Mayor doubled the amount of money available to £7,000 for those scrapping their older more polluting vans and minibuses and changed the criteria for the size of business eligible, so that more people could benefit. 

The car and motorcycle scrappage scheme gives people support to take the dirtiest vehicles off the road and purchase a cleaner alternative, with up to £2,000 available for cars and £1,000 for motorbikes. So far, more than £12m has been given out in grants.

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Smart Transport’s autumn conference will be held virtually across three days in October to help showcase solutions to government policy in the fast moving UK transport sector.

The bi-annual event was due to take place at etc. venues Manchester Piccadilly this October, but as a result of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Smart Transport has taken the decision to hold an online event instead on October 20, 21 and 22.

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