Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Have your say on Ultra Low Emission Zone

Mayor Sadiq Khan is seeking Londoners' views on his proposals to bring forward the dates of  Ultra Low Emissions Zone to improve air quality in the capital.

Click here to see details of the proposals and take part in the consultation.
The proposal is for ULEZ to start on 8 April 2019 - approximately 17 months earlier than the current start date on 7 September 2020 and for it to include limits on Particulate Matter (PM) as well as Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) emissions.

  • Nitrogen dioxide (NO2): At high concentrations, NO2 causes inflammation of the airways. Long-term exposure is associated with an increase in symptoms of bronchitis in asthmatic children and reduced lung development and function
  • Particulate matter (PM): Long term exposure contributes to the risk of developing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including lung cancer. Research shows that particles with a diameter of 10 microns and smaller (PM10) are likely to be inhaled deep into the respiratory tract.  The health impacts of particles with a diameter of 2.5 microns or smaller (PM2.5) are especially significant, as smaller particles can penetrate even deeper.
The ULEZ will cover the same area as the existing Congestion Charging Zone, will apply 24 hours a day, every day of the year and requires all vehicles that do not meet emissions standards pay a daily charge to drive within the zone.

The area of central London exceeding legal limit values for NO2 would reduce from 30 per cent to 22 per cent and 42 per cent less people in central London would be living areas exceeding the legal limits for NO2 concentrations.

There mayor claims there will be ‘knock on’ benefits outside central London as a result of cleaner vehicles passing through inner and outer London to access central London.

However, the Green Party wants the ULEZ to extend much further - to significantly improve air quality in Streatham, Brixton and and the whole of Greater London.
Click here to see details of the proposals and take part in the consultation.

The consultation ends on June 25th.


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  2. This is a Boris style consultation - all hot air and bluster. Little of substance. I thought we'd see further progress than tokenism from Sadiq, whom I admire far more than Boris!

    This ULEZ should go right across London. This is style over substance from the Mayor - reacting far too late and taking tokenistic measures on one hand yet failing to do anything about City Airport expansion, silver town tunnel, road building etc...

    If the Mayor was to look at all these measures, then he can claim to be serious about air pollution crisis and deaths