MD1463 Ultra Low Emission Zone

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Code: 
MD1463
Date signed: 
26 March 2015
Decision by: 
Boris Johnson MP (past staff), Mayor of London

Executive summary

This Decision Form concerns the Mayor’s proposals for an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London to reduce air pollutant and CO2 emissions from road transport, to promote sustainable travel and to stimulate the low emission economy. ULEZ includes proposals for specifying emissions standards for vehicles driven in the Zone from September 2020 (the same area as for congestion charging) and for charging non-compliant vehicles which are implemented by a Variation Order to the current Low Emission Zone Scheme Order. The planned ULEZ also contains wider proposals for TfL buses and for licensing changes in relation to London’s taxi and private hire (PHV) fleets, which are for TfL to determine. These were subject to public and stakeholder consultation (27 October 2014 to 9 January 2015). TfL has analysed responses and presented them in a Report for the Mayor’s consideration, with recommendations. This Mayoral Decision asks the Mayor to decide whether or not to confirm (with or without modifications) the Variation Order. The Mayor has also considered representations made in relation to the TfL bus fleet proposals and proposed licensing changes for taxis and PHVs. During the consultation a number of issues were identified that suggest that although it is intended to proceed with licensing measures to reduce the emissions from London’s taxi and PHV fleets, further consultation and engagement is necessary. TfL will undertake additional consultation and engagement on the issues as soon as practicable before making a final recommendation to the Mayor.

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice