London's Ultra Low Emission Zone just got bigger - is your area affected?

London's Ultra Low Emission Zone just got bigger - is your area affected?

10/25/2021 2:36:00 AM

London's Ultra Low Emission Zone just got bigger - is your area affected?

The Ultra Low Emission Zone significantly expands from Monday to cover all areas within the North and South Circular roads in an attempt to boost air quality.

The charge applies all day, every day, except on Christmas Day.Image:Air pollution causes 4,000 early deaths in London each yearThe expanded zone is part ofplansto make a greener London and fight climate change and air pollution.London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has adult-onset asthma, said 4,000 Londoners are dying prematurely each year due to toxic air, while children are growing up with stunted lungs.

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Jemima Hartshorn, of air quality campaign group Mums for Lungs, said the expansion of the Ulez will mean"millions of people breathe cleaner air".However, evidence suggests that many drivers are still unaware of the scheme.A survey of 2,005 motorists - with at least 1,500 from London and 500 living within an hour of the capital - found only 43% are aware of the expansion.

More than one million letters have been sent to people who have driven within the new boundaries to alert them, while more than 600,000 leaflets have been delivered to residents in the new area.Image:Much of London is now covered by the ultra low emissions zone. Pic: AP headtopics.com

Some small businesses in the capital have expressed concern about the impact of the charges.Michael Lloyd, managing director of LTC Scaffolding, said his firm has invested £300,000 to upgrade some of its fleet to meet standards, but still expects to rack up around £2,500 a week in charges for its non-compliant vehicles.

"The only thing is the timing," he said."Businesses are on their knees because of the pandemic, and this is just another kick in the teeth."The Federation of Small Businesses called for a one-month"period of grace" with enforcement delayed to give firms"time to adjust".

Small businesses, charities, and Londoners who are disabled or on low incomes can apply to TfL for a £2,000 grant if they scrap a non-compliant car and purchase a cleaner vehicle.Those scrapping a motorcycle or moped may be eligible for a £1,000 payment, but schemes for vans, minibuses, and lorries have been suspended due to"unprecedented demand and limited funds".

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SadiqKhan MayorofLondon working for Tory by giving all the bad names to UKLabour. Well done BorisJohnson framing Khan u know this all idea from you dude SadiqKhan We are asking the hmtreasury and transportgovuk to please provide some greencargrants towards bluebadgeholders to help them gogreen with hiddendisabilities in the absence of a ULEZ exemption for them.

Resign. It generates more cash for TfL coffers. My car is a 1987 model, well maintained I will add, as a pensioner how can I afford a new car to meet SadiqKhan MayorofLondon plans? He'll include all London Boroughs next time! Wonder how he got elected again? Ohh because the turnout was around only 35%. Londoners needs to wake up and smell coffee at least!

No, Sadiq. MayorofLondon It's a regressive tax, levied on many of the people who can least afford to pay it.

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