TfL launches public consultation on ULEZ
27 October 2014
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
London mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London have launched a public consultation on proposed plans to introduce a Ultra Low Emissions Zone in 2020.
TfL has put together a website detailing the plans for the zone, including the area which it will cover and a projected breakdown of nitrogen dioxide emissions per vehicle in 2020. Petrol cars account for 3% of the total which is significantly less than the 18% that is projected for diesel cars and TfL's buses which makes up another 23% of the total.
There is also an online survey to canvas opinions on the zone.
Under the zone's proposal, which was first announced last month in a report by TfL and the mayor last month on how to improve air quality in the capital, all vehicles would have to meet new emissions standards that would be in place at all times, with the hope of the ULEZ halving emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM10) from exhausts.
According to TfL, any vehicles that do not meet the emissions standards (below) will be allowed in the ULEZ zone but would be required to pay £12.50 a day.
Emission requirements and fees
- Cars and small vans - Euro 6 for diesel engines (registered from 1 September 2015 so five years old or less in 2020) and Euro 4 for petrol engines (registered from 1 January 2006 so 14 years old or less in 2020). Non-compliant vehicles could still drive in the zone but they would be required to pay a daily charge of £12.50
- Large vans and minibuses - Euro 6 for diesel engines (registered from 1 September 2016 so four years old or less in 2020) and Euro 4 for petrol engines (registered from 1 January 2007 so 13 years old or less in 2020). Non-compliant vehicles would be required to pay a daily charge of £12.50
- Heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches - Euro VI (registered from 1 January 2014 so six years old or less in 2020). Non- compliant vehicles would be required to pay a daily charge of £100
- Motorcycles and similar vehicles - Euro 3 (registered from 1 July 2007 so 13 years old or less in 2020). Non-compliant vehicles would be required to pay a daily charge of £12.50.
"Introducing the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone is an essential measure to improve London's air quality and reduce NO2," said mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
"Safeguarding Londoners' health and well-being is a top priority for my administration. I understand that people need adequate time to switch to greener vehicles and help is at hand for those who will be hardest hit, but let's be clear, we need to make these important changes as soon as possible to continue to improve Londoners' quality of life and give everyone who lives in or visits the city the cleanest possible air to breathe," said Johnson.
The consultation and survey runs until Friday 9 January 2015 is online at www.tfl.gov.uk/ultra-low-emission-zone.