Hackney Playbus and the ULEZ

MQT on 2018-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2018
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Hackney Playbus is facing an uncertain future with the introduction of the ULEZ. As a charitable organisation it does not have the funding to replace its current vehicle or to pay for the vehicle to be adapted to make it ULEZ compliant. What help can the Mayor offer to Hackney Playbus in order to ensure it is able to keep serving the children of Hackney after the introduction of the London-wide ULEZ for buses, coaches and lorries in 2020?


Answer for Hackney Playbus and the ULEZ
Hackney Playbus and the ULEZ

Hackney Playbus and the ULEZ

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London’s toxic air is stunting the growth of children’s lungs in ways that will affect them for the rest of their lives. The strengthening of the Low Emission Zone standards London wide for buses coaches and lorries to match the Ultra Low Emission Zone standards in October 2020 is vital to tackling London’s lethal air and safeguarding the health of Londoners.

The Hackney Playbus is an innovative project that has been awarded funding from the London Family Fund to improve social networks, reduce parental isolation and loneliness, and improve the wellbeing of children. My officers are in discussion with the charity about their options to comply with the ULEZ.

I want to see Hackney Playbus continue this important work and it is another example of why I am urging the Government to put aside party politics and allow London to access the national Clean Air Fund. Generous help is being provided to other cities to avert issues such as this and nothing is available for London, despite the ULEZ being the largest, toughest and first zone of its type in the world and critical to meeting legal limits for air quality.