As from 8 April, only petrol cars that meet the Euro 4 standard and diesel vehicles that meet the tighter Euro 6/VI standard are excempted from an extra charge. Photo: © Shutterstock –
London launches ultra-low emissions zone
Green groups have hailed the start of an ultra-low emissions zone (ULEZ) in London that sets the toughest vehicle emission standards for any urban air quality scheme in the world. As from 8 April, only petrol cars that meet the Euro 4 standard and diesel vehicles that meet the tighter Euro 6/VI standard will be exempt from paying a daily charge of £12.50, with lorries, buses and coaches that fail to meet emissions limits paying £100 a day.
The ULEZ was intended to enter force next year but London mayor Sadiq Khan brought it forward as part of a package of measures to tackle air quality, and plans to expand it substantially in 2021. Data shows the ULEZ improved air quality even before it was introduced, as organisations and businesses began moving to cleaner fleets to avoid the extra cost. Roadside measurements of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) within the zone have already dipped by 20 per cent.
The ULEZ, combined with a package of other measures being put in place by the mayor, is expected to deliver compliance with EU NO2 limits within six years.
Source: Ends Europe Daily, 8 April 2019