Traffic congestion

Response to launch of ULEZ

05 April 2019

The Ultra Low Emission Zone comes into effect for Central London on Monday. The expansion to the North and South Circular to cover light vehicles will come into effect in 2021.

In response, Caroline Russell AM, Chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee, said:

“It’s worrying that we can’t take the air we breathe for granted. That is why we pushed for the Ultra Low Emission Zone to encourage more people to look for cleaner, greener ways to travel and to drive out polluting vehicles from our choking city.

“Air pollution is having a very real and serious effect on the health and everyday lives of Londoners. Far-reaching action is needed. We have argued that the expansion should go faster and further[1] and today’s launch is a welcome first step.”

Notes to editors

  1. This is the majority view of the Environment Committee on behalf of the Assembly. There were dissenting views from the Conservatives and Brexit Alliance Group. The Conservatives were concerned about the impact of the Mayor’s proposals to widen ULEZ beyond the Congestion Charge Zone. The Brexit Alliance Group said the ULEZ should target areas that have pollution levels above WHO levels.
  2. Read the London Assembly’s response to the ULEZ consultation and the dissenting views in full here.
  3. Caroline Russell AM, Chair of the Environment Committee, is available for interview. 
  4. Find out more about the London Assembly Environment Committee.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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