ULEZ blue badge discounts

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-07-19
Session date: 
July 19, 2018
Reference: 
2018/1859
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Vehicles registered for the Blue Badge Congestion Charge Discount will not receive a discount from the ULEZ but will continue to receive the 100% discount from the Congestion Charge; as the Blue Badge scheme is only for disabled Londoners, why cannot the exemption from the congestion charge also extend to the ULEZ?

Answer

Answer for ULEZ blue badge discounts

Answer for ULEZ blue badge discounts

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Blue badge holders receive a 100 per cent discount for the Congestion Charge in recognition of the fact they may have fewer alternatives to car travel. The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) does not place a blanket charge on all cars entering the zone, and only charges vehicles that do not meet minimum emissions standards.

Most blue badge holders are not restricted in their choice of vehicle and so will be able to change to a compliant vehicle. Petrol cars that meet the ULEZ standards have been available from around 2001, meaning a second hand option will be available. However, the Government should also be delivering a diesel scrappage scheme to get the filthiest cars off our roads and to help drivers to switch to cleaner vehicles and greener alternatives.  London needs a government which takes responsibility for this toxic air quality crisis.

The ULEZ also offers a time limited sunset period for vehicles with a disabled or disabled passenger vehicle tax class, as these vehicles have often been modified for use by disabled people and so are harder to replace. As part of the recent consultation on changes to the ULEZ I have extended this sunset period where vehicles will receive an exemption of the daily charge from 2023 until 2025, providing a seven year notice period for affected drivers.