The world’s toughest vehicle emissions standard has been introduced in Central London through the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
Sadiq Khan, formally announced that the 24-hour ULEZ – a world first – is now in operation in London as part of the commitment to reduce pollution and toxic air in the capital, in order to protect public health.
The ULEZ, the toughest vehicle emissions standard in the world, will operate every day of the year; it is necessary given that polluting vehicles are the cause of half of London’s harmful NOx air emissions.
Toxic air costs approximately £3.7 billion to the capital’s economy every year and, as the fourth biggest threat to public health, pollution needs to be tackled.
Fleet operators will now have to meet the stringent vehicle emissions standard set out by the ULEZ; petrol vehicles that don’t meet Euro 4 standards and diesel vehicles failing to meet Euro 6 standards will incur daily fines.
For lorries, buses and coaches, this fine is £100 a day, which highlights just how crucial it is for these fleet operators to act in order to clean up their vehicles.
Approximately 75% of Transport for London (TfL) buses meet or exceed the emission standard, but that means more of the fleet still need to ensure they do the same. The target is for all London buses to meet the standard by October 2020.
The challenge is the for businesses to meet the ULEZ requirements – technology to do so is there, and now it must be harnessed.
Sadiq Khan said of the ULEZ introduction: “This is a landmark day for our city. Our toxic air is an invisible killer responsible for one of the biggest national health emergencies of our generation.
“I simply refuse to be yet another politician who ignores it. The ULEZ is the centrepiece of our plans to clean up London’s air – the boldest plans of any city on the planet, and the eyes of the world are on us.”