The London ULEZ Expansion Has Been Approved

Plans to vastly expand the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) throughout London have now been officially approved…

ULEZ Expansion Approved 

Plans to expand the ULEZ in London have now been approved. As a consequence, the scheme will cover the entirety of the Greater London area by 29 August 2023. For drivers of older, more polluting vehicles, it means they’ll face daily charges to enter the Zone.

Owners of pre-Euro 4 petrol or pre-Euro 6 diesel cars will have to pay a hefty £12.50 a day in order to use affected roads. According to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, this will subject some five million Londoners to cleaner air and, therefore, improved health and wellbeing.

The expansion of the ULEZ has proven to be highly controversial. Indeed, a leaked Transport for London document suggested that a majority of Londoners (66%) were opposed. As of now, City Hall believes that there are around 200,000 non-compliant vehicles driven in London, although it expects to figure to fall dramatically over the coming months and years.


Sadiq Khan commented on the expansion of the ULEZ. He said, “the ULEZ so far has been transformational, reducing harmful pollution levels by almost a half in central London”.

He continued, “but there is still far too much toxic air pollution permanently damaging the health of young Londoners and leading to thousands of early deaths every year, with the greatest number of deaths in the outer London boroughs”.

Notably, the expansion of the scheme will be accompanied by a raised scrappage scheme fund, improved public transport and a grace period for disabled drivers until 2027.

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