The world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) with the most stringent emission standards has been introduced 8 April 2019 in central London – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As London’s poor air quality causes a high level of damage to people’s health, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has taken a range of measures to reduce this health risk and therefore the causing costs of £3.7 billion every year. London’s ULEZ is one of these measures. Non-compliant cars, which don’t meet Euro 6 standards, have to pay £12.50 a day if they enter the ULEZ – lorries, buses and coaches even £100 a day.
Reduction of about 20 percent in NO₂ since February 2017
The results are already clear to see as a report unveils. 9,400 fewer uncompliant, older, very polluting vehicles on an average day enter the zone. 71 percent of all entering vehicles during congestion charging hours (7 am – 6 pm) comply with the required emission standards compared to 39 percent in February 2017 or 61 percent in March 2019. More and more people shift to cleaner or emission-free means of transport such as cycling and public transport or walking.
Number of vehicles driving in the charging zone per day during CC hours
Proportions of vehicles driving in the charging zone during CC hours
|Total number of vehicles||Non-compliant vehicles||Compliant vehicles||Non-compliant vehicles||Compliant vehicles|
|Feb – 17||102,493||62,310||40,184||60.8%||39.2%|
|Apr – 19||89,380||26,195||63,185||29.3%||70.7%|
|Change||-13,113||-36,115||23,001||Decrease of 31.5 percentage points||Increase of 31.5 percentage points|
Average number and proportion of compliant vehicles detected in the zone per “typical” day during CC hours 17 February – 19 April