MQT on 2018-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2018
Question By: 
Keith Prince
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


If you choose to introduce the Ultra Low Emission Zone using the boundaries of the north and south circulars, how will you ensure that people living just outside the boundary are not charged to drive to a hospital or doctor's appointment inside the boundary?


Answer for ULEZ

Answer for ULEZ

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am determined to do all I can help all Londoners breathe cleaner air, and I want all Londoners to help shape these proposals. The public consultation on expanding ULEZ up to the North and South Circular Roads for all vehicles and tightening LEZ for heavy vehicles London-wide closed on the 28 February 2018.


TfL is in the process of analysing the responses and preparing a detailed consultation report to me, which will be made public by mid May 2018.


This report will consider issues raised during the consultation, including comments around the boundary of the scheme, and make recommendations to me on whether to confirm the proposals with or without modification.


I sympathise with people who need to drive to attend a hospital or GP appointment. Although inner London benefits from excellent public transport, I know that this is not always convenient for some of these types of trips.


However, we need to try to find a balance between the number of discounts and exemptions, and the vital improvements in air quality schemes. The objective of the scheme is to encourage people to walk and cycle when possible or to switch to cleaner vehicles; it’s not designed to charge people to drive.


TfL estimate that with the expanded ULEZ proposals in place, 93 per cent of cars would be compliant by 2021. That means most people using their cars to visit hospitals or GP surgeries by 2021, which is when the proposed expanded ULEZ would come into place, will not be subject to the ULEZ charge.


I’m doing everything in my power to clean up London’s filthy air, but I need the Government to wake up to the scale of the challenge.


Instead of blocking London from accessing the new £220 Million a year National Clean Air Fund, they should be delivering a diesel scrappage scheme to get the filthiest cars off our roads. Drivers need help switching to cleaner vehicles and greener alternatives, and London needs a government which takes responsibility for this toxic air quality crisis.