Everything You Need to Know about the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone

It’s estimated that around 40,000 Britons suffer premature deaths as a direct result of air pollution. Staggeringly, almost one quarter (9,400) of these occur in the UK capital, with 448 London schools found to be situated in areas with unsafe levels of air pollution. It is widely recognised that the exhaust fumes from passenger vehicles – particularly those powered by diesel – are one of the principal causes of this air quality crisis. In an attempt to clean up London’s airways and safeguard its residents against the long-term risks of regular exposure to these pollutants, previous mayor Boris Johnson first announced proposals to introduce an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in 2014. Earmarked for 2020, the scheme was intended to discourage commuters from bringing older, more polluting vehicles into the city centre and encourage the use of cleaner methods of transport. With Johnson’s successor Sadiq Khan placing even greater emphasis on air quality, the ULEZ scheme has now been brought forward. What is the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone? The inaugural ULEZ will target the UK’s most populous city, London, and will encompass the same area as that covered by the Congestion Charge Zone and

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