DRIVERS in London face fresh misery after it was revealed the city’s much-loathed Ultra Low Emission Zone could soon be extended to every street.
Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared war on motorists, insisting the capital needs to charge whopping fees so it hits climate change targets.
Sadiq Khan has launched a consultation on plans to extend London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone to cover the whole capital[/caption]
News of the proposal comes just three months after it was revealed Transport for London was considering filing for bankruptcy[/caption]
Under his plans, the scheme’s boundary could be extended from the North and South Circular Roads to the whole of Greater London from August 29 next year.
Drivers who don’t comply with minimum emissions standards are charged a daily fee of £12.50 for entering the zone.
That’s separate from the £15 congestion charge, which must also be paid daily for vehicles travelling through the city centre.
Analysis by the PA news agency found that more than 3.5million more people will live within the zone if it is expanded as planned.
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And the mayor’s office estimated that an additional 135,000 vehicles would be affected per day.
It means embattled Transport for London could rake in £1,687,500 daily.
In February, it was revealed the operator was considering bankruptcy after it was badly-hit by the pandemic.
But Khan is also eyeing more ways to force drivers to pay.
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In January, he said anyone who drives through the capital could be charged per mile.
He was also mulling a proposal to charge drivers of vehicles registered outside London for entering the city, although eventually decided not to pursue the plan.
He has defended his grim attacks on drivers, and says the capital is at the heart of a “toxic air crisis”.
Around 4,000 premature deaths in 2019 were attributed to filthy air.
The boroughs of Barnet, Bromley, Croydon and Havering had the most fatalities, demonstrating that poor air quality “is not just a central London problem”, he said.
Whether or not a vehicle is liable for the Ulez charge depends on how much nitrogen dioxide (NO2) it emits.
NO2 damages lungs and can exacerbate existing conditions such as asthma and lung and heart disease.
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For diesel cars to avoid the charge they must generally have been registered after September 2015, while most petrol models registered from 2005 are exempt.
Mr Khan previously ruled out introducing a Clean Air Charge, which would have affected drivers of all but the cleanest vehicles.