Transport for London (TfL) is inviting Londoners to share their views on plans to improve air quality and public health by introducing an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in the centre of the city. If approved, the ULEZ will require all vehicles in the area to meet stricter exhaust standards, with those in breach subject to a daily charge. Motorcycles, cars and vans will be liable to pay £ 12.50 (€ 16), while buses and heavy goods vehicles will be subject to a fee of £ 100 (€ 127).
The proposal feeds into the British capital’s ambitious targets to mitigate the effects of climate change and reduce air pollution, particularly nitrogen dioxide, which is above EU limits in parts of the city. The ULEZ will share the same boundaries as the current Congestion Charging Zone.
London’s Low Emission Zone was introduced in 2008, and has helped to make significant improvements in air quality across the Greater London region. The consultation, which seeks feedback from local residents, businesses, schools, and taxi and coach operators, is open until 9 January 2015.