Mayor of London Proposes Tough New Emissions Rules
Drivers of polluting vehicles will be hit with a daily charge from April 2019 under new proposals announced by the Mayor of London today. The plans would see heavy diesel vehicles, including buses, coaches and lorries, charged for driving in central London. However, Sadiq Khan would like to see the charge expanded to cover the Greater London area in 2020, and as far out as the North and South Circular road for cars and vans from 2021.
These developments follow the Mayor’s announcement of a £10 T-Charge, set to start in October this year. However, he is proposing that this be replaced with the introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London from April 2019.
Sadiq Khan said: “The air in London is lethal and I will not stand by and do nothing. Today I’m announcing bold proposals which are critically needed to safeguard Londoners from our air quality health crisis. I am introducing a new T-Charge this October and subject to consultation, I want to introduce the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London in April 2019. This alone will mean the capital has the toughest emission standard of any world city. But the scale of our air quality challenge is so big that I need to go further. I want to expand the ULEZ from 2020 for heavy vehicles such as buses, coaches and lorries so that all of London will benefit from cleaner air. Then from 2021, I want to expand it up to the North and South Circular roads for light vehicles, including cars and vans. These measures will help improve the air that millions of Londoners breathe.”
The 2019 ULEZ will cover the same area as the current congestion charge zone.
The new charge will see drivers of petrol vehicles that don’t meet Euro 4 standards and owners of diesel vehicles that do not hit Euro 6 guidelines hit with a £12.50 daily fee. Buses, coaches and HGVs will have a to pay £100 a day to drive in the zone.
The total cost for drivers in non-compliant cars, with the congestion charge added on top, is £24 per day.
All vehicles will be included by the charge, except black taxis