Ultra-Low Emissions Zone

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Your latest TfL business plan says the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone will be extended to the North and South Circular roads for cars and vans in 2021. Why will residents in outer London have to put up with polluting cars and vans, when residents of inner London will not?


Answer for Ultra-Low Emissions Zone

Answer for Ultra-Low Emissions Zone

Answered By: 
The Mayor

On 30 November, I launched my consultation on proposals to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) standards across the whole of London for heavy vehicles in 2020 and to the North and South Circular roads for cars and vans in 2021.


My proposals offer significant air quality benefits to outer London in 2021. It is estimated they will result in a 28 per cent reduction in NOx emissions in outer London, leading to a 96 per cent drop in the number of people in outer London living, working and going to school in areas exceeding legal NO2 limits. This also benefits areas around schools in outer London that do not exceed legal NO2 limits. Further details are available in the consultation’s supporting information document at www.tfl.gov.uk/airquality-consultation.


An option to extend the ULEZ London-wide for all vehicles was carefully considered in the development of this process. However, there are fewer locations of poor air quality in outer London and currently, fewer public transport alternatives. Furthermore, given their smaller number, air quality improvements at pollution hotspots in outer London can be delivered more quickly through the use of targeted local measures than the introduction of a Londonwide ULEZ would allow.


I want to be sure that any expansion of ULEZ ensures the most appropriate standards apply across the different areas of London, minimising the costs and inconvenience to Londoners while maximising the air quality and health benefits.