ULEZ expansion consultation launched
A consultation on plans to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to cover almost the whole of London from 29 August 2023 has been launched.
Proposals to expand the ULEZ London-wide on 29 August 2023, would see the zone expanding up to the current LEZ boundary covering almost the whole of London. It would also see a daily charge of £12.50 if you drive within the zone in a non-compliant vehicle and the ULEZ operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 364 days a year (excluding Christmas Day). Proposed discounts and exemptions would include wheelchair-accessible private hire vehicles (extended until October 2027), minibuses used for community transport (extended until October 2025) and historic vehicles.
The Mayor of London considered a range of options when deciding the next steps to take in cutting the capital’s air pollution. In the short term, the Mayor believes expanding the ULEZ London-wide will have the biggest effect on emissions relative to the cost to Londoners as a whole, as well as helping to tackle the climate emergency and traffic congestion. The current £12.50 daily charge level for cars, vans and motorbikes that do not meet the standards would be retained. This would be supported by a revision of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, which is also part of this consultation. The consultation will also ask Londoners to help shape the future of road user charging in the capital. This could include scrapping existing charges, such as the Congestion Charge, and replacing them with a single road user charging scheme that uses more sophisticated technology to make it as simple and fair as possible for Londoners.