Sadiq Khan outlines why ULEZ has come into force in London
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Sadiq Khan said the new expanded Ultra Low Emissions Zone which launches from October 25 will bring “health benefits” to millions living in London. He said at least six in 10 households in the expanded zone do not own a car but still “suffer” as a result of pollution.
The changes will see private petrol and diesel cars charged £12.50 per day to use the roads on top of the Congestion Charge.
This is priced at £15 per day meaning the total fee will rise to £27.50 within weeks.
Speaking at Mayor’s Question Time, he said the impact on the city’s air quality would be “rapid”.
He said: “I’m excited to be expanding the ULEZ this month.
“It will bring significant health benefits of clean air to millions of Londoners both inside and outside the zone.
“I know it’s been opposed by almost half of the Assembly here today.
“We know from the Central London ULEZ that focussing on emissions works and the impacts on air quality can be rapid.
“87 percent of vehicles that drive in the zone now meet the standards up from 39 percent in February 2017 when the toxicity charge, the precursor to the ULEZ was announced.
“This had helped reduce toxic nitrogen dioxide by nearly half, fine particulate matter by 27 percent and carbon emissions by six percent.
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“But I know pollution is not just a Central London problem which is why I’m expanding the zone up to the North and South Circular roads.
“Six in 10 households in the expanded zone do not own a car yet suffer appealing air quality in part caused by polluting vehicles.”
Mr Khan added the new ULEZ in combination with tougher Low Emissions Zones for heavier vehicles would reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions from vehicles by 30 percent in 2021.
This will mean 92 percent of roads London-wide will meet legal limits for nitrogen dioxide in 2021.
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