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London ultra low emissions zone gets under way

Words: Huw Morris
London's low emission zone came into force on Monday 8th April

The capital's ultra low emissions zone has come into force with drivers of older and more polluting vehicles facing a daily charge of £12.50.

The scheme aims to improve the capital’s air quality, which London mayor Sadiq Khan has described as a “public health emergency”.

Transport for London (TfL) estimates that around 40,000 vehicles will be affected each day and hopes the zone will radically cut the number of polluting cars in the capital.

The scheme is initially within the same are as the congestion charging zone before being expanded to within the North and South Circular roads from October 2021.

Vehicles which are non-compliant with the scheme are pre-2007 motor bikes, petrol cars and vans made before 2006 and diesel cars and vans made before 2005. Buses, coaches and lorries that are non-compliant face a £100 charge.

More than 60 per cent of all vehicles driving through the charging zone in March already complied with the scheme, according to TfL. Nearly 27,000 non-compliant vehicles have been taken off the roads in the last two months.

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