A report evaluating the first month of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has revealed a significant increase in vehicle compliance.
The 24-hour ULEZ – a world first – came into operation on 8 April in central London; under the new Zone, any vehicles that exceed the emission standard will be subject to a daily fine – from £12.50 to £100, depending on vehicle.
But the figures from the Greater London Authority show that businesses, fleet operators and other motorists are responding to the ULEZ, with vehicle compliance of 74% recorded.
The fact that almost three quarters of vehicles driving into the zone were compliant is a huge boost for London; previous research in February 2017 revealed that the number of vehicles complying with emission standards was under 40%.
Now, the number of non-compliant vehicles has reduced by 9,400 per day on average, and Transport for London (TfL) has set a vehicle compliance target of 80% by the end of the year.
With compliance standing at 74% after the first month, TfL believe there’s a good chance that their initial target by the year end will be exceeded.
It is part of the wider strategy to reduce pollution in the capital that is caused by harmful emissions from vehicles; air pollution costs London up to £3.7 billion every year, and polluting vehicles are responsible for approximately half of the harmful NOx air emissions.
Alex Williams, TfL’s Director of City Planning, said: “Everyone benefits from clean air, which is why it is great to see that so many people have responded to the Ultra Low Emission Zone, which has resulted in a reduction in the number of polluting vehicles in the capital.
“The ULEZ will nearly halve road-based NOx emissions in central London, and in addition to our work to green up the bus fleet and encourage the taxi industry to switch to cleaner vehicles, together we will help to tackle this public health crisis.”