The ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) launches in London this week (8 April).

Covering the same area as the congestion charge, vehicles which enter the zone and do not meet emissions standards will pay a daily charge, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The ULEZ is being introduced to reduce the toxic levels of air pollution in the capital, currently contributing to over 9,000 premature deaths in London each year, with the ULEZ expected to reduce harmful road transport emissions by 45% in just two years.

Busy London street

Stephen Edwards, Director of Policy and Communications, Living Streets comments:  


“Thousands of premature deaths a year are attributable to the city’s toxic levels of air pollution. We need to clean up our air as soon as possible and the ULEZ is an important step in doing that.  


“Reducing vehicular traffic and investing revenue from the ULEZ into safe and welcoming walking routes will make it possible for Londoners to choose cleaner ways to travel.


“Levels of air pollution in Inner London are comparable to those in Central London and so we now need to see the scheme expanded at the earliest opportunity to make the capital’s air breathable for everyone.” 



Where the ULEZ applies