Expanded ULEZ zone hopes to cut pollution

Expanded ULEZ zone hopes to cut pollution

The whole of London ha snow been brought into the Ultra Low Emissions, ULEZ, Zone.

Parts of Greenwich were brought into the zone in 2021 with neighbouring boroughs Bexley and Bromley now also within the zone.

Owners of older and more polluting vehicles will be charged for every day that they use their vehicle within the zone. The aim is to encourage people to swap their older vehicles for newer models which create less pollution — or give up driving altogether and switch to walking, cycling or public transport.

The original Low Emission Zone was first introduced in 2019 and expanded in 2021.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan hopes that the expanded scheme will cut the number of future deaths related to poor equality in London.

In Lewisham, nine-year old Ella Kissi-Debrah, who lived close to a busy road, became the first person to have air pollution listed as a cause of death at an inquest in the UK.  Her mother, Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, has been calling on MPs to introduce the Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill – or “Ella’s law”, named after her daughter.

She said she wanted to ensure “no child in this country will die from asthma”.

The expanded ULEZ scheme has not been without it’s critics, with a number of campaigns and court action from outer London boroughs attempting to halt the scheme and some number plate recognition cameras have been vandalised by vigilantes.

On a recent edition of Councillors Question Time on Maritime Radio, leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, councillor  Anthony Okereke told listeners that he supports the expansion of the ULEZ zone.

If you are unsure whether the charge applies to your vehicle, you can check if your vehicle meets emissions rules on the TFL website.