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Mayor brings forward London ULEZ start


Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed that London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will come into force in April 2019, 17 months earlier than originally planned.

From April 8 2019 the ULEZ will apply to Central London in a bid to clean up the capital’s air. It means the most polluting vehicles will not be allowed in Central London or drivers will face a fine.

In May WSP spoke to New Civil Engineer about what changes the ULEZ could bring to engineering.

The ULEZ will replace the T-Charge, which began operating earlier this month. Unlike the T-Charge, the ULEZ applies 24/7 and will levy a heavier fine: £12.50 for vans and cars as opposed to the current £10. Under the ULEZ lorries, coaches and busses will be liable for a £100 fine.

It is hoped the ULEZ will force more polluting vehicles off the roads and encourage users to make more sustainable transport choices. By 2020 Londoners should see a 45% reduction in harmful roadside emissions

“London’s lethal air is one of the biggest health challenges of this generation. We can’t continue breathing in air so toxic it harms children’s lung development and causes chronic illness and premature death. I am determined to take the bold action needed to address this scourge once and for all,” said mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

“So I am pleased to confirm that from 8th April 2019 – 17 months earlier than planned – stricter standards for diesel vehicles will apply 24/7 across central London. This builds on the success of the T-Charge and is part of my comprehensive plan to clean London’s air.”

The ULEZ will operate in Central London from April 2019 and will be extended to the outer boroughs in 2021.

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