ULEZ (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6416
Question By: 
Susan Hall
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How many Londoners do you expect to be impacted by ULEZ charges each year over the next 5 years, broken down by year?

Answers

Answer for ULEZ (2)

Answer for ULEZ (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response.

ULEZ (2)

ULEZ (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Tackling London’s lethal air and safeguarding the health of Londoners requires bold action. Air pollution is a national health crisis and I refuse to stand back as millions of Londoners breathe in air so filthy that it shortens our life expectancy, harms our lungs and worsens chronic illness.

With over 450 of London’s schools and nearly 600 inner-London NHS facilities in areas exceeding safe legal pollution levels, it is imperative that we take ambitious and urgent action on poor air quality that affects all Londoner’s lives. It is also a matter of social justice with the poorest most likely to be affected by poor air quality, but least likely to drive a car.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will significantly reduce emissions to help tackle the thousands of premature deaths linked to air quality every year. Millions of Londoners per day will be positively impacted by the ULEZ charge, as it will encourage people to walk, cycle, use public transport or clean up their vehicles. Along with measures to clean up buses and taxis, the ULEZ will mean that no schools are expected to be in areas of illegally polluted air by 2025.

The attached table, derived from numbers published in the 2017 consultation documents that are available here: https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/ultra-low-emission..., sets out initial indications of the approximate numbers of vehicles that will not comply with the ULEZ standards. The table demonstrates that these vehicles comprise a relatively small proportion of total kilometres driven. It also demonstrates that within two years of the expanded scheme being in place, the number of non-compliant vehicles is halved as the vehicle fleet is cleaned up.