We first gauged your opinion on expanding ULEZ in the Clean Air consultation here on Talk London in 2016. Through survey work and discussions like this one, we saw high levels of support for the proposal of expanding the area that the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) will cover.
Transport for London (TfL) then consulted on the detail of tougher emission standards and expanding the ULEZ boundaries.
On 8 June 2018, the Mayor confirmed the expansion of ULEZ up to North and South circular roads from 25 October 2021. The new ULEZ will cover an area 18 times larger than the central London Ultra-Low Emission Zone and will affect large numbers of polluting vehicles that don’t comply to strict emission standards. 100,000 cars, 35,000 vans and 3,000 lorries could be affected by the expanded zone every day.
The public consultation on expanding the ULEZ standards was the largest ever recorded by Transport for London and showed support for the Mayor’s proposals, with 54 per cent supporting or strongly supporting the expansion of the ULEZ boundary from central London and 74 per cent backing the new London-wide emissions standards for heavy vehicles.
The expanded zone will be managed in the same way as the central London ULEZ, which is being delivered in April 2019, 17 months earlier than planned and operates on top of the congestion charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Drivers within the expanded zone using non-compliant vehicles will pay a daily ULEZ charge of £12.50, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These include:
- motorbikes that do not meet Euro 3 standards
- petrol cars and vans that do not meet Euro 4 standards (roughly the equivalent to not being more than fifteen years old for cars in 2021)
- diesel cars and vans that do not meet Euro 6 standards (roughly the equivalent to not being more than six years old for cars in 2021)
Following an extensive consultation, the Mayor will also tighten the standards for the most polluting heavy vehicles including buses, coaches and lorries across the whole of London from October 2020, using the same boundary as the existing Low Emission Zone.