ULEZ expansion as Sadiq Khan announces Greater London clean air zone

Sadiq Khan has said drivers will soon be expected to pay London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) clean air tax across London. The clean air charge is £12.50.

The mayor of London explained that the expansion of the plan is part of his effort to tackle air pollution in the capital. It will also aim at reducing congestion on the roads.

Air pollution contributes to more than 9,400 premature deaths a year in London and costs the NHS between £1.4bn and £3.7bn a year.

Khan said Londoners are “breathing poison”, adding that the 10 boroughs with the most premature deaths from air pollution were all in the London suburbs.

The scheme will be extended to these districts in the hope that the number of premature deaths will decrease.

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A recent YouGov poll showed that Londoners support the expansion of the ULEZ. Fifty-one percent of the 1,245 adults surveyed were in favour, while 27 percent were against.

After looking at the high number of deaths from air pollution in London, Mr Khan said: “Doing nothing is not an option for me.”

However, in an open consultation for the scheme, some critics said it was unfair to raise such a levy during a cost-of-living crisis.

Other cities, such as Greater Manchester, have changed their minds about introducing similar clean air zones as a result.

Mr Khan said he has taken the concerns into account and made some changes, for example extending a grace period for disabled people to update their vehicles. Community transport and charities are also included in the grace period.

The mayor also announced that the Greater London Authority would set up a £110 million scrappage scheme to help people replace their polluting cars.

Anyone using the scheme will receive a credit towards buying a less polluting car and will have the option to purchase a free travel card.

London is not the only city with Clean Air Zones (CAZ) in the UK. Bristol will be the next city to launch a CAZ on Monday 28 November, requiring non-compliant petrol and diesel cars, taxis and LGVs to pay £9 to drive in the zone.

Lorries, buses and coaches will face a daily charge of £100, but motorcycles, all-electric and zero-emission vehicles are exempt.

Mayor of Bristol Martin Rees said: “This is an important step on our journey towards cleaner air and creating a healthier future for everyone in Bristol.

“We need to reduce harmful pollution in the city and reach government legal limits in the shortest possible time, but we also want to give those who need it a little more time to prepare. needs to be upgraded or replaced.” or try other and more sustainable ways of traveling instead.”

Bath, Birmingham and Portsmouth were among the first cities to introduce CAZ in 2021, with many others starting to be enforced with the launch of Bradford last month and a Tyneside CAZ covering Newcastle and Gateshead will start charging from 30 January 2023.

ULEZ expansion as Sadiq Khan announces Greater London clean air zone

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