Businesses have been reminded to prepare for the introduction of Central London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
Set to come into effect at the start of April, the Central London ULEZ will introduce emission standards that are tougher than those set in any city in the world.
It is important for the city’s fight to reduce toxic air, clean up fleets and ultimately improve the health of those in London; air pollution is a particular blight because it contributes to thousands of premature deaths each year.
The introduction of the Central London ULEZ will help to change this, and will be in operation all day, every day, removing the most polluting vehicles from the streets of London.
It is expected that, in the first year, harmful NOx caused by road transport emissions will be reduced by almost a half.
The introduction of low emission zones also informs businesses and fleet operators of the changes that they need to make in future; if fleets are to emit less harmful emissions, either fleets need to be renewed, or businesses will have to look at alternatives that will assist in cleaning their fuel – these options exist and must be taken advantage of.
Small businesses are being given a helping hand by Transport for London (TfL), through a diesel scrappage scheme that will hopefully accelerate the move to cleaner vehicles.
This also fits the government’s wider Road to Zero strategy, outlined in July 2018, which will result in greener and cleaner infrastructure over the coming years.
Alex Williams, Director of City Planning at TfL, said: “The introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone is now just around the corner and it is great to see so many individuals and businesses are gearing up to help tackle London’s toxic air and protect the health of Londoners.
“We have been working hard to ensure that drivers are aware that their vehicle needs to be compliant if they are to avoid paying the charge. We have also been supporting businesses in their preparations – with many already making the move to comply.”