Ultra LEZ consultation
TfL and The Mayor of London have launched a public consultation on proposals to introduce the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in the capital on 7 September 2020. The proposals would require all vehicles travelling within the Congestion Charge zone to meet new emission standards and would be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Many vehicles would already meet these standards in 2020, however by introducing this requirement next year the Mayor and TfL aim to accelerate the take up of low emission vehicles and stimulate the low emission vehicle market. The ULEZ is projected to halve emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM10) from vehicle exhausts. It is envisioned to significantly improve air quality and in turn the health of Londoners.
ULEZ will require minibuses to meet Euro6 for diesel engines and Euro4 for petrol engines, with noncompliant vehicles required to pay a daily charge of £12.50. HGVs, buses and coaches will have to meet Euro6 too, with noncompliant vehicles needing to pay a daily charge of £100. As part of the ULEZ proposal, TfL is working to reduce emissions from its buses alongside taxis and private hire vehicles and to increase the number of zero emission capable vehicles. This will create demonstrator fleets in London, boost industry sales and lead the transition towards this technology. By 2020, all TfL double deckers operating in central London are planned to be hybrid and it is aimed that all single deckers will be zero emission (at point of use).
The consultation runs until 9 January 2015 and is available online at www.tfl.gov.uk/ultra-low-emission-zone