MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor exempt the Metropolitan Tabernacle Baptist Church from the ULEZ?




Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Ultra Low Emission Zone is expected to reduce vehicle emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides by around 45 per cent, making an important contribution to cleaning up our dangerously polluted air which is harming the health of Londoners.

My officials have met with the Tabernacle. I understand the complexity of the situation and especially as the church’s minibus fleet is on average 14 years old. However, if we are to clean up London’s air to meet legal limits, everyone needs to play their part in improving air quality. I made the difficult decision to keep exemptions to an absolute minimum to ensure the ULEZ is as effective as possible.

I do recognise that some microbusinesses and charities need our help and support to take positive action. I am proud to have launched a targeted £23 million scrappage scheme to help scrap polluting vans and minibuses, and switch to cleaner vehicles. The Tabernacle can access this scheme and either £3,500 or £6,000 is available depending on how they choose to upgrade their vehicles.