Following a public consultation, the Mayor has confirmed the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in the Capital on 7 September 2020. This will encourage the use of newer, cleaner vehicles, improving the quality of life and health of Londoners.
The ULEZ will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the same area as the current Congestion Charging zone (CCZ). All cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses and Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) will need to meet exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay an additional daily charge to travel within the zone.
There will be no barriers and tollbooths. Cameras will read your number plate as you enter, leave or drive within the zone and check it against the database of those who meet the ULEZ standards or need to pay the daily charge.
The ULEZ standards are in addition to the Congestion Charge and the Low Emission Zone requirements.
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We would like your views on the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone which will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the same area as the Congestion Charging zone. The zone would be introduced in 2020 and aims to encourage the use of newer, cleaner vehicles, reducing vehicle pollution by half.
All cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses, and heavy vehicles would need to meet a new emission standard or pay a daily charge to travel within the zone. The proposed daily Ultra Low Emission Zone charge will be in addition to the existing Congestion Charge.
To find out more and to have your say please visit tfl.gov.uk/ultra-low-emission-zone
This consultation will run until Friday 9 January 2015.
London is changing its congestion charge rules again. This time, from July they’ll apparently favour electric-only cars.
Under the new rules you’ll only be able to get free motorised access to the central charging zone with a car emitting less than 75g/km of CO2. That’s the Toyota Prius Plug-in and anything that’s 100 per cent battery powered, such as the Nissan Leaf.
Drivers who own sub-100g/km cars that currently comply will have to register their vehicles with Transport for London before June 29 in order for their already low emissions vehicles to be congestion charge free until June 29, 2015. But what happens after that?
There are potentially great savings to be made from going plug-in. Your annual fuel bill should be cut from thousands to hundreds of pounds. But there’s an enormous amount of pain to be derived and time to be consumed by owning an electric car. Currently there is no standard connector for electric cars. If you want access to the UK‘s charging network – such as it is – you need to register with multiple charging providers and pay multiple tariffs. And supposed free parking in London isn’t free at all as you have to go through the hassle of registering – for a fee.
Changing the congestion charge rules to bias battery-powered cars could force the car industry to get its electric act together. And that could benefit thousands of drivers across the UK. Alternatively, it could simply reinforce how unviable electric cars currently are. At the moment, things could go either way.
- Soaring sales of Congestion Charge exempt eco-cars making air quality worse
- Diesels emit 22 times more soot particles than petrol cars
So-called eco-friendly cars are facing a crackdown in London after a scheme to encourage motorists to switch to ‘greener’ alternatives has started to make air more toxic.
Transport for London is to remove the Congestion Charge exemption for diesels and some Hybrids because soaring sales has increased pollution and traffic.
Diesels now account for one in two sales, but emit 22 times more soot particulates than petrol cars.
End of the road: Diesel and Hybrid cars
are set to lose their London Congestion Charge
exemption because booming sales has led to increased polution
The U-Turn has provoked an outcry from motoring organisations, who accused authorities of moving the ‘green goalposts’.
And the move is also expected to cause anger among motorists who bought their cars to take advantage of the exemption.
Edmund King, AA president, told the Evening Standard: ‘We do have real concerns about “green goalposts” being moved after drivers and businesses have invested in low-emission hybrid and diesel vehicles. We need to encourage the take-up of a range of greener vehicles.’
Out of favour: Toyota Prius
is one of more than 50 ##Q##greener##Q## cars
which are set to lose their Congestion Charge
ECO CARS NOW FACING THE CONGESTION CHARGE
- Audi A3 1.6TDI
- Citroën C3 1.6HDi
- Citroën DS3 1.6HDi
- Fiat 500/500C
- Fiat Punto Evo 1.3 16V Multijet
- Ford Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6TDCI Duratorq
- Ford Focus ECOnetic 1.6 TDCI Duratorq (below)
- Hyundai i10 1.0SOHC
- Mini One D
- Mini Cooper D
- SEAT Leon 1.6TDI
- SEAT Ibiza ST 1.2TDI
- Skoda Fabia hatchback and estate 1.2TDI
- Smart Fortwo CDI Coupé and Cabrio
- Smart ForTwo Coupé and Cabrio
- Toyota Auris T4 and T Spirit
- Toyota Prius T3, T4 and T Spirit
- Toyota IQ 1.0 VVT-i
- Vauxhall Corsa 1.3TDI
- Volvo S40 DRIVe
- Volvo V50 DRIVe
- Volvo C30 DRIVe
- Volkswagen Polo 1.2TDI
- Volkswagen Golf 1.6TDI
More than 50 ‘green’ models, which includes the petrol/electric Toyota Prius — a favourite among environmentally conscious drivers – will no longer be exempt from the £10 charge.
The move will come into force in July if approved by Boris Johnson.
It is understood the changes to the pricing will generate up to an extra £2 million a year.
The additional revenue will go some way to plugging the £60 million lost since the abandoning the Congestion Charge’s western extension.
About 70,000 motorists a day enter the congestion zone, with 2,500 qualifying for Transport for London’s Greener Vehicle Discount because they emit less than 100g/km of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
TfL wants to scrap this limit and replace it with a much tougher 75g/km maximum in a new scheme — which effectively rules out all hybrid and diesel vehicles now on the road.
David Bizley, the RAC’s technical director, said that only pure electric cars are likely to meet those new rigorous pollution restrictions.
Applications for the Greener Vehicle Discount would cease to be accepted from July. But drivers already registered would continue to qualify for the exemption until June 2015.
TfL, which made a £136.8 million net profit from the congestion charge in 2011/12, believes the existing system ‘creates an incentive’ for owners of hybrid and diesel cars to enter the zone.
It fears the number could more than double to 6,000 ‘free’ cars a day by the end of this year.
The new rules would sit alongside a £10 increase in penalty fines — taking them to £130 — and the closure of C-charge payment points in shops and petrol stations.
These changes would generate a further £2.5 million a year.