ULEZ expansion ‘vital measure’ to let London breathe

Transport for London continues to step up preparations for the expansion of the Capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, with the launch of an extensive marketing campaign.

First launched in April 2019, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) currently covers the same area as the Congestion Charge Zone – and is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Statistics published by TfL shows the number of vehicles meeting the required emissions standards in the central zone has risen from 39% in February 2017, to more than 80%.

Meanwhile, emissions of nitrogen oxide from road transport has reduced by 35%.

Under current plans, the ULEZ will be expanded to cover the entire area between the North and South Circular roads in October 2021.

The ‘extensive’ marketing campaign aims to raise public awareness of the expansion, which TfL says will help to address serious air pollution levels in many parts of inner and outer London.

The campaign will educate and inform Londoners about what ULEZ expansion means for them, and what – if anything they need to do to prepare.

It follows the installation of new infrastructure earlier this year.

The ULEZ standards for existing central London ULEZ and when the zone expands are:

  • Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category)
  • Euro 4 (NOx) for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles
  • Euro 6 (NOx and PM) for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles
  • Euro VI (NOx and PM) for lorries, buses and coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles (NOx and PM)

15 October 2020