The ultra low emission zone. It’s just London, isn’t it?
A date for the introduction of the ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) in London has been announced by the capital's mayor, with a consultation in process to bring it forward by 17 months from 7 September 2020 to 8 April 2019
Within the ULEZ, the most polluting cars, vans and motorbikes will have to pay £12.50 to drive through central London, while buses, coaches and HGVs will pay £100.
The charge will apply to petrol cars that do not meet Euro 4 standards and diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro 6 standards.
From 23 October 2017, cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in central London will also need to meet minimum exhaust emission standards, or pay a daily £10 Emissions Surcharge (also known as the Toxicity Charge, or T-Charge).
But if you’re thinking this is restricted to London, it may be worth checking what’s happening in your local area.
Fifteen local authorities in England have been allocated prime funding from the Government to develop similar LEZ projects.
Clean air zones are also being introduced, which means that after 2020 the ‘most polluting’ buses, taxis, coaches and lorries will be discouraged from driving in areas of Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton where air quality problems are seen to be ‘most serious’.