Boroughs and Ultra Low Emission Zones

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1408
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Why are you putting up barriers to local authorities opting into the Ultra Low Emission Zone by saying that they should create separate zones? Will you allow local authorities to opt into the zone as part of your consultation on the scheme?

Answer

Answer for Boroughs and Ultra Low Emission Zones

Answer for Boroughs and Ultra Low Emission Zones

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I believe that the congestion charging area is the best location for the initial ULEZ.

It is at the heart of London's air quality problem and where the most people are exposed to poor air quality each day. In addition, the existing zone is well understood by Londoners and the necessary supporting infrastructure (cameras, signage, etc) is already in place.

Nevertheless, while we progress ULEZ, I am happy to work with any borough interested on how to develop or extend the zone in the future.

It should also be remembered that ULEZ is just one of many measures I am implementing to improve air quality. In particular, my £20m Air Quality Fund will help boroughs take action locally across the whole of London.