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Expect to pay £ 12.50 per day for up to 350,000 London motorists if the ultra-low emissions zone is expanded


Drivers only have a year to sell their diesel or older gasoline cars before the ultra-low emissions zone is expanded across the capital.

Hundreds of motorists entering central London will have to drop their old polluting cars by October 2021 in order to: a £ 12.50 daily fee.

The capital's Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), introduced in 2019, will be expanded to cover the streets within the north and south district streets – an area 18 times larger than the original zone.

With the move going into effect on October 25th next year, drivers whose gasoline vehicles do not meet Euro 4 standards – usually cars sold before January 2006 – will have to pay a £ 12.50 fee on top of the overload charge.

Drivers have until October 2021 to dispose of their old diesel or gasoline cars before the Ultra Low Emission Zone is expanded across London

Diesel vehicles entering the zone will also have to pay the fee if their vehicles do not comply with the Euro 6 standard that normally applies to those purchased from September 2015.

Vans, minibuses, caravans, and some other types of vehicles first registered before October 2002 may also need to be changed to avoid the fee.

According to the AA, up to 350,000 London motorists will be affected by the expansion of the program next year.

The car models covered by the ULEZ fees include some 2015 Ford Focus, Fiat Panda, Citroen, and Vauxhall Astra models.

The new ULEZ zone will operate 24/7 in the same area of ​​central London as the congestion charge.

In 2018, London Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed the expansion of the ULEZ after concerns about rising pollution in the capital increased.

The Mayor announced this when he started a new study to measure the impact of air pollution reduction strategies on children's health in London and Luton.

The confirmation of the extended ultra-low emissions zone came after research showed that health damage from cars and vans across the UK costs the NHS and society £ 6 billion annually, with the London bill being £ 650 million.

The capitals' Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded to cover the streets within the north and south district roads

The capitals' Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded to cover the streets within the north and south district roads

Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed that the 2018 ULEZ will cover most of the capital

Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed that the 2018 ULEZ will cover most of the capital

The new ULEZ zone operates 24/7 in the same area of ​​central London as the congestion charge. Pictured: A sign of the ULEZ zone and the congestion zone in London

The new ULEZ zone operates 24/7 in the same area of ​​central London as the congestion charge. Pictured: A sign of the ULEZ zone and the congestion zone in London

Officials said the expansion of the ULEZ and stricter standards for heavy vehicles across London would mean that more than 100,000 Londoners would no longer live in areas exceeding legal air quality limits by 2021, and that there would be a reduction in pollution across all areas of the capital is expected.

Will your last purchase be affected by ULEZ fees?

The Alliance of British Drivers has published a list of vehicles that violate the ULEZ fees:

  • 2015 Citroen C3 Edition 1.6 Bluehdi 100 Edition 5dr 90 PS
  • 2015 Citroen C4 1.6 E-HDi Airdream VTR + hatchback 5dr Diesel 115 HP
  • 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi ECOnetic Style 5dr 94 PS
  • 2015 Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec 5dr 113 PS
  • 2015 Fiat Panda 1.2 MULTIJET POP 5d 75 HP
  • 2015 Fiat 500 Lounge1.3 Multijet 3dr 95bhp
  • 2015 Nissan Juke 1.5 ACENTA DCi 5 DOORS 110 HP
  • 2015 Renault Clio 1.5 dCi ECO Expression + 5dr 90 PS
  • 2015 Toyota Auris 1.4 D-4D Excel (s / s) 5dr 90 PS
  • 2015 Vauxhall Corsa 1.3CDTi Ecoflex Design 94BHP
  • 2015 Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi Ecoflex Elite 163 hp
  • 2015 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 16V Ecoflex Design 5dr 108 hp
  • 2015 VW Golf Luke 1.6tdi Bluemotion Tech S 104 PS
  • 2015 VW Golf Bluemotion 1.6tdi station wagon 108 PS

Mr Khan previously said: “Combating the deadly air in London and protecting the health of Londoners requires bold action.

“Air pollution is a national health crisis and I refuse to step back as thousands of Londoners breathe air so dirty that it shortens our life expectancy, damages our lungs and exacerbates chronic diseases.

"I have promised powerful measures to combat our shameful air pollution, and today City Hall confirms the next phase of our plans to extend the low-emission zone to the north and south district roads."

After being sworn in as Mayor in 2016, Mr Khan worked hard to get London to drive new measures to reduce vehicle emissions in the capital.

This includes the introduction of the T-Charge in 2018, which will be replaced by the ULEZ in 2019.

Last month, a study by the Environmental Defense Fund Europe found that harmful air pollution from diesel vehicles outside the current Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London was 23 percent higher.

The study, which collected pollution data from 231 locations in London and tracked toxic nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels, found that the five worst locations were all outside of the ULEZ.

NOx pollution is an umbrella term that includes nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which can lead to health problems such as airway inflammation and exacerbate existing heart and lung diseases.

NOx pollution is a serious concern for health officials and an umbrella term that includes nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which can lead to health problems such as airway inflammation and exacerbate existing heart and lung diseases.

London has violated the legal limits for NO2 since 2010. Last year it was revealed that more than 2 million Londoners live in areas that exceed legal air limits – including 400,000 children.

In addition to NOx, the most common pollutants from diesel include unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and particles – microscopic particles of matter.

Diesel vehicles emit more ultrafine particles than any other vehicle, which are the most toxic particles in air pollution.

Everything you need to know about the ULEZ

The Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was introduced in London in April 2019. Here are some of the most important questions about the system:

What is it? The ULEZ is a method of charging vehicles that emit the most nitrogen oxide for entry into parts of London.

When does it apply? The daily charge runs from midnight to midnight every day.

Where does it happen The system is initially located in the same area as the congestion loading zone, before being expanded to the north and south district roads from October 2021.

Which vehicles are included? All vehicles except black taxis are affected.

How much does it cost to drive into the zone in an older vehicle? It costs £ 12.50 for most types of vehicles including cars, motorcycles and vans. There is a £ 100 fee for heavier vehicles such as trucks, buses and coaches.

How can I avoid the fee? To be exempt from the Ulez fee, petrol vehicles, delivery vans and minibuses must meet the Euro 4 emissions standard and diesel engines must meet the Euro 6 standard. That means the oldest cars that can be driven in central London for no pay are around four years old diesel model or a 13 year old gasoline model.

What if i don't pay? If you fail to pay the fee, drivers will have to pay a £ 160 penalty fee (reduced to £ 80 if paid within 14 days). Truck drivers get a much larger fine of £ 1,000 (reduced to £ 500 if paid within 14 days).

What if I don't know my vehicle's emissions standard? Drivers can check if their vehicle is chargeable by entering its registration on the Transport for London website.

Why was ULEZ introduced? London Mayor Sadiq Khan says the program will improve the capital's air quality, which he believes is responsible for thousands of premature deaths and other serious illnesses.

Have there been any objections to the system? Conservatives in the London Assembly claim that Mr Khan's decision to roll out the system earlier than planned could save some motorists – especially those from the poorest households – who have not yet upgraded their vehicle to a newer model. They also warn that extending the zone to all of central London will not be effective in tackling pollution and affecting people and businesses in low-pollution areas.

Which vehicles are covered by ULEZ?

It's not just cars and vans that incur additional charges in London.

These ULEZ non-compliant vehicles are also affected:

– Motorcycles, mopeds, motorized tricycles, four-wheelers

– 4X4 light commercial vehicles and pickups

– Motorized horse boxes

– ambulances and fire engines

– caravan

– minibuses

– trucks

– buses and coaches

– Breakdown and recovery vehicles

– snow plows and spreaders

– Refuse collection vehicles and street sweepers

– cement mixer and dump truck

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