Congestion Charge - Ultra Low Emission Discount

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5137
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you accept that following the introduction of a new Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED) on 1 July 2013 – which provides a single 100% discount on the Congestion Charge for all electric vehicles and for ultra low emission cars and vans – the principle of differentially charging vehicles based on their tailpipe emissions already exists within the Congestion Charge zone?

Answer

Answer for Congestion Charge - Ultra Low Emission Discount

Answer for Congestion Charge - Ultra Low Emission Discount

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The primary aim of the Congestion Charging scheme is to reduce traffic and congestion in central London. However, the scheme also provides an opportunity to incentivise those who continue to drive in the zone to switch to the cleanest vehicles and since the scheme's introduction it has included a discount for these vehicles, which has been defined by criteria appropriate to vehicle technology and availability at that time. In this way the Alternative Fuel Discount was replaced by the Greener Vehicle Discount which has now been replaced with the ULED. ULED requires that cars have CO2 emissions of 75 g/km or less and be Euro 5 type approved to be eligible for a100% Discount. This approach has been successful in encouraging the take-up of the newest, cleanest vehicles by those who choose to drive in the zone.

No discount is ever given in perpetuity and it is important that the criteria are reviewed from time to time in order to maintain the benefits of the scheme. TfL is currently consulting on the introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in the same area as the Congestion Charging zone. This would be introduced in 2020 and require all vehicles travelling in the zone to meet specified exhaust emissions standards in order to drive in the zone without paying a daily charge. The consultation closes on 9 January 2015. TfL will report to me on the results and I expect to make a decision early next year.