Ultra Low Emission Zone to be expanded

Image above: Sign warning motorists they are entering a ULEZ zone

Mayor of London announces ULEZ expansion will be accompanied by new support scheme

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded to a greater area of London.

Coming into effect on Tuesday 29 August 2023, ULEZ will operate across all London boroughs. Drivers who still own older models of cars which do not meet the ULEZ emissions requirement and are the most polluting, face paying £12.50 a day to drive within the Greater London Authority boundary, whether they are residents or just driving through.

ULEZ was introduced in central and inner London in 2019 and the Mayor’s office says it has helped to reduce roadside pollution levels by 44% in central London and 20% in inner London.

Toxic air caused by road traffic has been identified as a contributory factor in thousands of deaths in London each year. The greatest number of health issues related to air pollution occur in outer London areas.

Image above: ULEZ map showing the current ULEZ area in darker green and the proposed expansion in lighter green; source Transport for London

A support scheme to help those on lower incomes, disabled Londoners, charities and small businesses and sole traders will be rolled out in the run up to the expansion.

Successful applicants who drive certain vans and minibuses will receive a grant to scrap or retrofit their vehicle. Successful applicant who are car owners can opt to receive a smaller grant and up to two free annual bus and tram passes.

Chiswick is already in the ULEZ zone. To find out whether your vehicle meets the emissions standard required by ULEZ put your vehicle registration into Transport for London’s vehicle checker here: Check your vehicle

To find out if you live in the expanded zone, enter your post code into Transport for London’s postcode checker here: Where it will operate.

60% of those consulted against expansion

Image: Nick Rogers AM

The Mayor’s announcement follows a public consultation which ran between May and July 2022, in which 59% of respondents agreed that more needed to be done to tackle toxic air.

But the consultation revealed 60% of respondents were opposed to the expansion, a point which has been seized upon by The Mayor’s opponents on London Assembly.

Nick Rogers, Conservative Assembly Member for South West London, has criticised the decision. He tweeted:

“It’s official: an overwhelming majority, about 60%, oppose the ULEZ expansion.

“This increases to 68% when you exclude organised campaigns. 70% of people who live and 80% of people who work in outer London are against.

“The people have spoken. Sadiq Khan must scrap these plans.”

Consultation “hijacked” by pro-car groups, says Khan

Image: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan has said that the consultation was not a referendum or legally binding. He says it has been “hijacked” by motoring groups. Announcing his decision to expand ULEZ, the mayor said:

“The latest evidence shows that air pollution is making us sick from cradle to the grave.  Londoners are developing life-changing illnesses, such as cancer, lung disease, dementia and asthma.

“And it’s especially dangerous for children due to the long-lasting impact on their health and life chances, with kids in our city growing up with stunted lungs.

“The ULEZ so far has been transformational, reducing harmful pollution levels by almost a half in central London. But there is still far too much toxic air pollution permanently damaging the health of young Londoners and leading to thousands of early deaths every year, with the greatest number of deaths in the outer London boroughs.

“Expanding the ULEZ London-wide will mean five million more people will be able to breathe cleaner air and live healthier lives.”

Read more stories on The Chiswick Calendar

See also: RMT announces Christmas rail strikes

See also: No trains from Chiswick station

See all the latest stories: Chiswick Calendar News & Features

Support The Chiswick Calendar

The Chiswick Calendar CIC is a community resource. Please support us by buying us the equivalent of a monthly cup of coffee (or more, if you insist). Click here to support us.

We publish a weekly newsletter and update the website with local news and information daily. We are editorially independent.

To subscribe to the weekly newsletter, go here.