Ultra-Low Emission Zone Expanded in London
On Monday 25th October London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone [ULEZ] expanded to help reduce the environmental footprint or road-based transportation. London mayor Sadiq Khan described the move as ‘A landmark day for our city’
All you need to know about the new ULEZ
- The zone covers a quarter of London [3.8 million people] and is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week aside from Christmas Day.
- Within the zone, vehicles which don’t meet a specific set of emissions standards must pay a daily charge of £12.50.
“Pollution isn’t just a central London problem, which is why expanding the ULEZ today will benefit Londoners across the whole of the city and is a crucial step in London’s green recovery from this pandemic.”Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
Numerous cities, including London, are attempting to reduce air pollution on their roads. For example: In Berlin, cars that don’t comply with the city’s low-emission zone are fined 80 euros.
The Changing Mindset
Low-emission zones are being implemented at a time when major economies are attempting to reduce the environmental impact of road-based transportation.
The UK wants to phase out new diesel and gasoline cars and vans by 2030. In addition, from 2035 all new cars and vans will be required to have zero tailpipe emissions. This isn’t the first-time pollution has been headline news. In 2020 a coroner made legal history by ruling that air pollution was to blame for the tragic death of Ella Kissi-Debrah.
Around 4,000 Londoners died prematurely in 2019 as a result of long-term air pollution exposure. It is a cancer-causing agent that raises the risk of asthma, stroke, and dementia.
Pollution also stunts the growth of children’s lungs, which can have long term consequences and it’s not just a problem in central London. According to the World Health Organization, every year 4.2 million people die as a result of exposure to ambient (outdoor) air pollution.
Since the Mayor’s plans for the ULEZ were announced in 2017, there has been a significant and rapid improvement in air quality within the central ULEZ.