Why Fewer Dirty Vehicles Are Costing Transport For London

Mon 23rd Sep 2019

London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone has had an immediate effect on the number of polluting vehicles entering the centre of the capital according to most recent figures.

The scheme which was launched by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan in April, was set-up to reduce emissions by cutting the number of dirtier older cars, vans and trucks entering central areas of London. Older diesel and petrol cars are charged £12.50 a day for entering the Congestion Charge Zone, while fines for those vehicles which don’t pay the fee will range from £160 for cards to £1000 for lorry drivers.

And these financial consequences appear to be having the desired effect. One month before the ULEZ was introduced there were 35,578 non-compliant vehicles in central London, while the most recent figures from July show that figure to be 23,054 a 35 per cent drop.

Whilst the news is great for environmental concerns, the drop is also hitting the purse of Transport for London, to the tune of £26million, with forecasts suggesting revenues will drop from £77million to £51million.

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan however is looking at the positives: “The figures prove that the ULEZ continues to have a significant impact with 12,500 fewer older, polluting vehicles now coming into the zone compared with March.

“These older vehicles send harmful emissions into our air and lungs and I will continue to take bold action to protect Londoners from this invisible killer. 

“It is highly encouraging to see that so many motorists and businesses are helping reduce pollution by driving cleaner vehicles into the zone.”