ULEZ-compliant Engines

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th May 2022.

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Photo of Emma Best Emma Best Conservative

In answer to my question 2022/0109 as to whether you would rule out ever changing the vehicle/engine types that will be due to pay the ULEZ charge in the future you mistakenly referred me to question 2022/0108 outlining plans to expand the zone and bring in road-user charging. Please could you advise if you can rule out ever changing the vehicle/engine types liable to pay the ULEZ charge?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I have no plans to change the vehicle or engine types that would be subject to a Londonwide ULEZ. Hard hitting measures are required to tackle London’s air pollution problems. This is why the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and my other air quality measures require all motorised vehicles and engine types to meet strict emission standards to reduce emissions. I have asked Transport for London (TfL) to consult on proposals to expand the ULEZ Londonwide in 2023. These proposals aim to further reduce transport emissions to protect the health of Londoners now and in the long term, help achieve net-zero carbon by 2030 and cut congestion.

Further bold action is required to reduce air pollution, tackle the climate emergency and cut congestion in the capital to create a greener, healthier city fit for the future. I have already stated publicly that London could benefit from more sophisticated types of technology to introduce a simple, fair road user charging scheme that replaces current schemes, and have therefore asked TfL to start exploring how it could be developed.