Tougher standards will affect more than 100,000 drivers passing through capital every day when new rules come into force in 2021
'A major expansion of London’s ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) to tackle dangerous levels of air pollution has been announced by the capital’s mayor.
Tougher emissions standards are expected to affect tens of thousands of high-polluting vehicles every day when the city’s first ULEZ is implemented in central London next April.
Now, under strict new plans set out by Sadiq Khan, the zone will cover an area 18 times larger than the original one when new rules come into force in October 2021.
Drivers in the expanded zone – which will stretch up to the North and South Circular roads – travelling in non-compliant vehicles will have to pay a daily charge of £12.50.
It will operate on top of the congestion charge, and will be in effect 24 hours a day throughout the year.
It is estimated that 100,000 cars, 35,000 vans and 3,000 lorries will be affected by the expanded zone and new standards every day.
“Tackling London’s lethal air and safeguarding the health of Londoners requires bold action,” said Mr Khan. “An expanded ultra-low emission zone, in conjunction with the Central London ULEZ, will really help transform the air that millions of Londoners breathe.”
The mayor also announced intentions to tighten the standards for the most polluting heavy vehicles including buses, coaches and lorries across the whole of London from October 2020.'
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