Update from TfL – Expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

“On 25 October 2021, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will expand to the North and South Circular roads, bringing cleaner air to a further 3.8 million Londoners who live within the expanded zone.  To ensure Londoners are aware of this coming change, we have now launched an information campaign – with more information available on our website here: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/ulez-expansion

“The ULEZ was introduced in Spring 2019 as part of a suite of measures which has seen a 94 per cent reduction in the number of Londoners living in areas exceeding legal limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). As a result, we have seen:

  • 44,100 fewer polluting vehicles being driven in the central zone daily
  • 79 per cent of vehicles in the zone meeting standards
  • CO2 emissions in the central zone reducing by an estimated 12,300 tonnes

“However, tens of thousands of Londoners still live in areas with polluted air, and 99 per cent of Londoners still live in areas exceeding WHO recommended limits for particulate matter (PM2.5).  Poor air quality stunts the growth of children’s lungs and worsens chronic illness, such as asthma, lung and heart disease.  We know that those exposed to the worst air pollution are more likely to be deprived Londoners and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. Additionally, emerging evidence is linking air pollution to increased vulnerability to the most severe impacts of COVID-19.

“The good news is that four in five cars already meet the ULEZ emissions requirements.  Owners of the remaining 20 per cent have until October next year to consider alternatives such as replacing their vehicle or using other modes of transport.  The expanded zone will operate 24 hours a day seven days a week, and will be supported by the expansion of the Low Emissions Zone on 1 March 2021, which sets tougher emissions standards for heavy vehicles right across London.”