Business owners have been urged by the Mayor of London to check that their vehicles comply with the stricter emissions standards.
Sadiq Khan gave this reminder to business owners three months to the day until the opening of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
It will come into effect in the central London Congestion Charge Zone, replacing the Toxicity Charge.
London is leading the drive towards cleaner air and reduced pollution and the Mayor’s advice to business owners is part of a major campaign to ensure that motorists and businesses that drive in the capital are ready for the introduction of the ULEZ on 8th April.
Under the new zone, new emissions standards will tackle the toxic air head-on; research reveals that it leads to 40,000 premature deaths every year nationwide and the risks of asthma, cancer and even dementia are increased as a result.
This, in turn, increases the financial burden on the economy by £20 billion each year.
London in particular has a problem with this; the government is putting strategies in place to reduce the pollution that can seriously exacerbate chronic illnesses and shorten life expectancy.
Under the new standards, vehicles must meet tighter exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge; business owners with vans, coaches or lorries will have to pay £100 a day to travel within the zone if these charges are not met.
Buses will also have to pay the same, which should accelerate the clean up of public transport services too.
And as a result, Sadiq Khan is encouraging those who use the zone to check their vehicles meet the new standards.
He said: “I know Londoners are passionate about improving the quality of the air they breathe so, with only three months to go before the launch of ULEZ, I’d encourage everyone who drives within central London to spend a couple of minutes checking whether their vehicle complies with the new emissions standards.
“A predicted 45% fall in harmful emissions within the zone should be a great start to improving the lives of millions of Londoners.”