Ultra Low Emission Zones

Treasury – in the House of Commons at on 21 March 2023.

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Photo of David Simmonds David Simmonds Conservative, Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

Whether his Department has made an assessment of the economic impact of ultra low emission zones.

Photo of John Glen John Glen The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Responsibility for transport and air quality within Greater London is devolved to the Mayor of London and Transport for London via the Greater London Authority Act 1999. It is for the Mayor to assess the economic impact of the proposed expansion of the ULEZ, and to consult properly to ensure that it is not just a tax on the poorest motorists.

Photo of David Simmonds David Simmonds Conservative, Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

Small business owners and elderly and disabled residents affected by the ULEZ in my constituency are concerned about the fact that the Mayor’s process has not been as independent or robust as it should be. Will my right hon. Friend consider commissioning the Treasury’s own independent assessment of the impact of the ULEZ, so that my constituents and local business owners can really understand how it will affect them?

Photo of John Glen John Glen The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

As the Prime Minister said just last week,

“the Mayor of London should listen to the voices of commuters, families”— including many of my hon. Friend’s constituents—

“and small businesses as he inflicts his…tax on them.”—[Official Report, 15 March 2023;
Vol. 729, c. 832.]

As the House has just heard, our Budget last week supported hard-pressed motorists by cancelling the planned increase of about 11p in fuel duty, saving drivers about £5 billion this year.