Central London ULEZ to be introduced by 2019

 

London mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed that an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be introduced in central London by 2019, a year earlier than originally envisioned.

Vans and lorries will need to be Euro-6 to avoid a daily charge of £100 for HGVs and £12.50 for LCVs to enter the ULEZ, which will operate 24/7.

This is on top of the London Congestion Charge.

The news came as Khan launched a second consultation asking for Londoners’ views on further proposals, including extending the ULEZ to include the North and South Circular roads as soon as 2019; and making HGVs operating within Greater London subject to the ULEZ as soon as 2019.

There are also plans to introduce a separate T-charge affecting older vehicles from October 2017. This will likely affect vans driving into the Congestion Charge Zone, as anything that does not meet the Euro-4 emissions standard by this point will be required to pay a £10 daily fee (during Congestion Charge times: 7am to 6pm).

The FTA had previously warned that the ULEZ would only be manageable for operators if the central London area and the 2020 deadline for HGVs in Greater London stayed the same.

It has stated that if either were to be altered due to a change of mayor, it would cause serious difficulties for businesses.