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December 03 2018
By Mel Holley

A former routeone editor, Mel has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.

Debut ULEZ signs erected in London

Transport for London (TfL) has begun installing more than 300 Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) warning signs across central London. The signs, which are being installed at the same locations as existing Congestion Charge signs, warn drivers at all entry points to the zone, and on a number of key approach routes, to ensure their vehicle meets the tough new emission standards that come in to effect next year.

TfL has been running an extensive communications campaign since the spring to prepare drivers for the ULEZ. TfL has sent more than 2.5 million emails and contacted registered Congestion Charge users whose vehicles do not meet the ULEZ standards, to remind them the new zone begins on 8 April 2019. TfL is also contacting other drivers it identifies in central London whose vehicles are not currently ULEZ-compliant. This has helped encourage 1.3 million visits to TfL’s online compliance checker, where people can check if their vehicle complies with the ULEZ emission standards.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone will help take the most polluted vehicles off London’s streets. It is a central part of the Mayor’s far-reaching work to make London a healthier, greener place by tackling the severe health impacts caused by London’s polluted air. TfL is committed to ensuring that London’s transport is leading the way in ultra low emission vehicles. All new electric taxis are required to be zero-emission capable. The entire central London bus fleet will be upgraded to meet the ULEZ standard by April 2019, and all buses in London will meet this standard by 2020. Ultimately, all buses will be zero-emission by 2037.

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