London becomes first city to implement 24×7 pollution charge zone

In an attempt to reduce air pollution and protect public health, the ULEZ will be operational for 24 hours and seven days a week, according to a statement by London mayor Sadiq Khan’s office.

Written by Newsroom Staff April 9, 2019 11:51

New Delhi: London on Monday (local time) became the first city in the world to implement a special Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) that would charge an entry fee for older vehicles if they do not meet the emission standards.

In an attempt to reduce air pollution and protect public health, the ULEZ will be operational for 24 hours and seven days a week, according to a statement by London mayor Sadiq Khan’s office.

Motorists who drive into the zone in a vehicle that does not meet the new emission standard (petrol-run vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 standards and diesel-run vehicles that do not meet Euro 6) will have to pay a daily charge.

Petrol-run vehicles that do not meet the ULEZ emission standards will have a charge of PS12.50 a day for cars, vans and motorbikes and PS100 a day for lorries, buses and coaches, the statement said.

Drivers can also check whether their vehicle meets the emission standards of the zone by using an online tool provided by Transport for London, it added.

“Polluting vehicles account for around 50 per cent of London’s harmful Nitrogen Oxide air emissions. Air pollution has an economic cost to the capital of up to PS3.7 billion every year, and PS20 billion cost to the country every year,” Khan was quoted as saying in the statement.

“The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will help address London’s toxic air health crisis that currently leads to thousands of premature deaths annually, and increases the risk of asthma, cancer and dementia,” he added.

As part of the efforts to combat air pollution, London’s famous red bus fleet is also being upgraded. By October 2020, all of 9,200 vehicles will meet or exceed ULEZ standards, as per the statement from Khan’s mayoral office.