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Sadiq Khan To Consider Further ULEZ Expansion After New Environmental Report

Expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zones could be just one of the possible outcomes from the new Net-Zero by 2030 Report.

London introduced Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) in 2019, and October 2021 saw their biggest expansion yet, covering around 3.8 million people. Vehicles driving within the zone must meet the low emission standards or pay a charge.

Now, following a new environmental report, Mayor Sadiq Khan is considering expanding the ULEZs even further. This could involve extending the current zone beyond the north and south circular roads to cover the whole of Greater London, using the current charge level and emissions standards.

Plus, a modification of the zones could also be in the works in an attempt to help the areas reduce emissions further. This would see the whole of Greater London covered with a small charge for all but the cleanest vehicles. Moreover, cars not registered to Greater London would also need to pay a small fee for entering the city, following an increase in cars from outside London entering the city in recent years.

The new Net-Zero By 2030 report by Element Energy outlined what is required to meet climate goals in London, and Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for fast action. This comes after Khan’s previous action has led to predictions that CO2 emissions from cars and vans will fall by 5 per cent, as well as a 30 per cent drop in toxic nitrogen oxide emissions from road transport.

In the report, experts say car traffic must decrease by 27% in the next decade in order to meet the targets. It was also found that more than a third of car trips taken by Londoners could be walked in 25 minutes or less, and two-thirds could be cycled in under 20 minutes.

Mayor Sadiq Khan, said: “This new report must act as a stark wake-up call for the Government on the need to provide much greater support to reduce carbon emissions in London. It’s clear the scale of the challenge means we can’t do everything alone.

“But I’m not willing to stand by and wait when there’s more we can do in London that could make a big difference. We simply don’t have time to waste. The climate emergency means we only have a small window of opportunity left to reduce carbon emissions to help save the planet, and, despite the world-leading progress we have made over the last few years, there is still far too much toxic air pollution permanently damaging the lungs of young Londoners.

“This is also a matter of social justice – with air pollution hitting the poorest communities the hardest. Londoners on lower incomes are more likely to live in areas of the city most badly affected by air pollution and least likely to own a car.  Nearly half of Londoners don’t own a car, but they are disproportionally feeling the damaging consequences polluting vehicles are causing.

Read more and find the entire report here.