PLANS TO FAST-TRACK LONDON TRUCK EMISSIONS CURBS COME UNDER FIRE

Revised low emission curbs for London to bring forward the introduction and expansion of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to Greater London for trucks have been unveiled by Mayor Sadiq Khan.

But these revised clean air proposals have immediately been criticised by the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

The existing plan is to introduce a ULEZ in the same area as the Congestion Charge zone by 2020, but the Mayor wants to bring forward the introduction and accelerate expansion of the zone to Greater London for trucks, buses and coaches.

The ULEZ will operate all year 24 hours a day, seven days a week including bank holidays. If the vehicle does not meet the ULEZ emissions standards and the daily charge is not paid, a Penalty Charge Notice will be issued, payable by the registered owner or operator, in addition to any CC or LEZ penalties received.

For trucks, coaches and buses this penalty will be £1,000 (reduced to £500 if paid within 14 days).

Under the proposals, a London-wide Euro VI requirement for trucks could now be introduced in 2019, while older vehicles - pre-2006 - could face a surcharge as early as next year.

The latest phase of the consultation gives Londoners the opportunity to have their say on the preferred date for the start of expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone, in central London for buses, coaches and trucks while applying out to the North/South circular for cars, motorcycles and vans.

Options include expansion of the ULEZ as early as 2019 to 2021 or later. Depending on feedback, the Mayor will ask Transport for London (TfL) to develop these potential options into detailed statutory proposals for consultation next year.

To further support the ULEZ, TfL will ensure all double decker buses operating in the ULEZ will be hybrid and all single decker buses will be fully electric or hydrogen.

FTA had previously warned that the ULEZ was only ‘do-able’ if the central London area and the 2020 deadline for trucks stayed the same, and stated that if either were to be altered due to a change of Mayor, it would cause serious difficulties for businesses.

It was in July that the new Mayor launched a major public consultation on his plans.

To view the consultation, visit www.london.gov.uk/cleanair

THE MAYOR'S KEY PROPOSALS

  • Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) plans accelerated for earlier introduction
  • Plans for £1000 penalty 
  • 2019 requirement for Euro V1 engines 
  • All double decker buses in ULEZ to be hybrid
  • All single decker buses in ULEZ to be electric or hydrogen