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London Ultra Low Emission Zone on the way

30 March 2015 #Bus and Coach #CV Sector #News #Policy #Top Stories #Truck #Van

Transport for London has confirmed London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will launch in the capital on 7 September 2020. SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes welcomed the move, as it will “set a precedent not only in the UK, but around the world”.

The ULEZ, and will require all cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses and HGVs to meet exhaust emission standards or pay an additional charge to travel within the zone.

“The London ULEZ will play a key role in driving the market for ultra-low emission vehicles in Europe’s leading mega city,” said Hawes.

“SMMT supports this vision and wants to see London meet its air quality and climate change targets, while driving innovation and supporting jobs.”

The ULEZ standards are based on Euro classification, covering petrol and diesel vehicles. Diesel cars, vans, HGV, bus and coach operators must meet Euro-6 standards, while petrol operators must meet Euro-4 standards.

Hawes added, “We are pleased to see the Mayor has recognised that the latest diesel technology has a place in an Ultra Low Emissions Zone. It is only by encouraging motorists to invest in the latest, lowest emission technology, regardless of vehicle or fuel type, that the Mayor’s vision be fully realised.”

Vehicles that do not meet the requirements will be subject to a daily charge of £12.50, or £100 for operators of HGVs, buses or coaches.

Transport for London hopes the introduction of the ULEZ will reduce exhaust emissions of NOx and particulate matter 10 and 2.5.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned of the impact on smaller operators. Head of Policy Natalie Chapman said, “We want to see some help for those who will find it harder to comply as the second hand market for Euro-6 vehicles will not have fully matured by then, and unlike previous phases of the London Low Emission Zone, there will be no retrofit option available – essentially this means purchasing a brand new truck or van.”

It also called for incentives for companies to move to Euro-6 commercial vehicles by offering a discount to the Congestion Charge. “This could ensure fleets move their newest and cleanest vehicles to the capital, giving those living and working in Central London some of the benefits of the ULEZ immediately,” she said.

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