ULEZ

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3435
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Some constituents argue that the ULEZ should be small and tightly focussed, with an aggressive focus on hotspots in Central London, in order to achieve the greatest pollutant reduction at the lowest cost.  What action are you taking to tackle these pollution hotspots in the capital's centre?

Answer

Answer for ULEZ

Answer for ULEZ

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am taking significant action to reduce air pollution across the capital, including hotspots in central London. I do not agree that Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) should be more tightly focused to specific areas in central London.

The ULEZ will bring about huge improvements in air quality in central London, halving NOx emissions from road transport by 2020. By bringing the start date forward by 17 months, to April 2019, emissions savings will be delivered sooner. This will bring about significant improvements in air quality inside and outside central London, including specific air pollution hotspots.

We need to do everything we can to reduce air pollution as quickly as possible. That is why, in addition to the ULEZ in central London, I have launched the T-charge.

Through my Mayor's Air Quality Fund, I am also funding two transformational Low Emission Neighbourhoods in central London at pollution hotspots in City and Westminster.

I agree that it is important to tackle central London hotspots, but poor air quality is a London-wide issue and areas outside of central London should not be neglected. This is why I am rolling out a series of Low Emission Bus Zones and am consulting on proposals to expand the ULEZ.