London ULEZ: Non-compliant vehicles fall since T-Charge introduction

New pollution charge begins in London

New pollution charge begins in London

RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said: "With good reason, councils around the country are looking to follow where London is leading and improve air quality". Not only are less affluent drivers more likely to own a vehicle that doesn't meet the zone's emissions requirements, but it will be more hard for them to upgrade to a auto that is ULEZ-compliant.

"With a number of other cities, including Leeds and Birmingham, set to introduce clean air zones over the coming years, now could be the flawless time to invest in a lower emission, and lower cost, electric vehicle fleet".

Ultra Low Emission Zone: why was it introduced?

The GLA said the T-charge, which was introduced as a stepping stone to the ULEZ in February 2017, has already helped to increase the proportion of compliant vehicles in central London from 39% to 61%, and help to reduce the overall number of vehicles by 11%.

The city's iconic black cabs will be exempt from the new charge but all other vehicles will need to meet certain emission standards.

The charge also applies to some older but low-powered vehicles while the latest, high-cost, fuel-thirsty supercars escape the charge.

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It's been argued that small businesses will be negatively impacted by ULEZ, too. If those numbers are repeated now the ULEZ charge is live, Transport for London (TfL) would receive some £500,000 each day, or £175 million-plus per year in ULEZ charges.

Heavier vehicles – lorries weighing more than 3.5 tonnes, and buses and coaches weighing more than five tonnes – will have to pay £100 per day when driving in the zone. That can not be the best, fairest or most honourable way to benefit the environment.

In addition, 31% said it would change how much they drove and 27% said it would make them more likely to adopt an electric vehicle as a result.

The ULEZ is part of London Mayor Sadiq Khan's campaign to clean up London's manky air, and is predicted to reduce road emissions by nearly half.

The FTA's head of urban policy Natalie Chapman said: "FTA recognises and supports the legal obligation to improve air quality and supports the principle of a low emission zone, but we question the effectiveness of the scheme in reducing emissions and the lack of financial support the Mayor of London is providing to local and small businesses". Following Dieselgate, Euro 6 was tightened up, but rather than issue a new Euro 7 standard, Euro 6 has continued to be used but with suffixes. Diesel vehicles will either need to have been registered before 1973 or comply with the Euro 6 emissions rules that became mandatory for all new cars in September 2015.

Enter your registration number in the TfL ULEZ website to find out if you will have to pay the ULEZ charge.

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