Air pollution is one of the most significant challenges facing London – the equivalent of around 9,400 deaths per year in London are attributed to air quality related illnesses. Soon after being elected in May this year, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, called for new proposals to urgently tackle London’s current poor air quality.
The Mayor invited Londoners to share their experiences and ideas about improving air quality, and asked for their views on the measures he was proposing. Approximately 15,000 people responded to this consultation, and the majority of people were broadly supportive of the proposed measures. Click here to view the results of the consultation.
TfL has now developed detailed proposals for the implementation of the Emissions Surcharge (ES), and ideas for improving the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
The first of these proposals is to introduce the ES (more commonly known as the ‘T-Charge’) in 2017, for the older, more polluting vehicles driving into and within central London. This would be in addition to the Congestion Charge.
This consultation contains detailed statutory proposals for the ES. The introduction of the ES will involve changes to the current Congestion Charge Scheme order, subject to this consultation. The Mayor will consider representations received and decide whether or not to approve them (with or without modifications) in early 2017.
TfL is also seeking your views on the following ideas:
- Bringing forward the introduction of the ULEZ to 2019, instead of 2020
- Extending the ULEZ from Central London to Londonwide for heavy vehicles (heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), buses and coaches), as early as 2019, but possibly later; and
- Extending the ULEZ from Central London up to the North and South Circular roads for all vehicles, as early as 2019, but possibly later.
For more information and to have your say, please click here.