Charging Motorcycles in London

MQT on 2019-10-17
Session date: 
October 17, 2019
Question By: 
Keith Prince
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is the context for the evidence that results in London being the only city in the UK that sees a justification for charging motorcycles via the ULEZ?


Answer for Charging Motorcycles in London
Charging Motorcycles in London

Charging Motorcycles in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The scale of the air pollution crisis in London means that bold action is being taken against all vehicles producing harmful exhaust emissions. I have been clear that everyone must play their part. Although motorcycles may contribute to a relatively small proportion of London’s total emissions, they can be highly polluting on an individual basis. This is why motorcycles are included in the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

Any motorcycle registered with the DVLA since Euro 3 became mandatory in July 2007 is assumed to be ULEZ compliant and does not require testing. Transport for London’s monitoring indicates that 97 per cent of ‘L’ type vehicles (most of which are motorcycles) entering the ULEZ are compliant. Despite the lack of Government support, I have ensured low income and disabled Londoners can receive £1,000 if they scrap an older, more polluting motorcycle or mopeds as part of a £48 million scrappage fund.