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.

Malcolm Thorpe, MD of Grimsby-based CTL European, disqualified from being a director



A haulage boss who raised hundreds of false invoices worth almost £125,000 to a factoring company has been disqualified for seven years following an investigation.

Malcolm Thorpe, MD of Grimsby-based CTL European, cannot act as a director or manage a company until 2023 after an audit by Skipton Business Finance (SBF) in September 2014 uncovered “a number of discrepancies on invoices”.

It also found the haulier was £46,000 in arrears to HMRC.

SBF instructed Leonard Curtis to take control of the company’s affairs and it entered administration the following month with an estimated deficiency of £177,551.

According to the Insolvency Service (IS), Thorpe raised 326 false or duplicate invoices over two separate periods.

These were submitted to CTL’s factoring company and caused losses of at least £124,670.

The IS said Thorpe did not dispute that he had failed to take adequate action or follow company procedure, which resulted in CTL obtaining funds from a factoring company to which it was not entitled.

IS chief investigator Robert Clarke said: “Using false documents is contrary to the conduct expected of a company director.

"The IS has strong enforcement powers that it will not hesitate to use to remove dishonest or reckless directors from operating a business in an environment with the benefit of limited liability.”