LEZ: Have your say now

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Operators have only two days left to make their views known about plans to introduce an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London, making Euro 6 mandatory for PCVs.

The consultation closes on Friday (7 January).

The ULEZ, designed to tackle poor air quality, will affect all vehicles in the area covered by the existing congestion charging zone, including coaches, minibuses, local and sightseeing buses. Non-compliant vehicles will incur a daily charge: 12.50 for minibuses, vans, cars and motorcycles, and 100 for coaches and trucks.

The existing LEZ, which covers the rest of the London area, roughly inside the M25, will continue as at present, as will the congestion charge.

The ULEZ, which will be in operation 24/7, will come into force on 7 September 2020.

It is the latest step in an attempt to improve London’s air quality, and the roads governing body, Transport for London (TfL), is also considering strengthening the ULEZ from 2025 to require all vehicles to be zero-emission capable.

Although taxi drivers will be able to get grant aid to replace their vehicles with zero-emission capable taxis, no such funds are available for coach or minibus operators.

By 2020, all TfL-contracted double-deckers in central London will be hybrid and all single-deck buses will be zero-emission.

This will require substantial investment by TfL and will mean nearly all double-decker buses operating in inner London will be hybrid and many in outer London too.

Consultation at www.tfl.gov.uk/ultra-low-emission-zone