HELP US STOP THIS NEW TAX
IF YOU HAVE TO PAY, THAT MEANS:
- A £12.50 daily charge – 24/7/365
- Hits motorcycles, cars, light vans and minibuses
- No Resident or Disabled Driver Exemptions
Sadiq Khan’s new tax on London, the ULEZ, will expand to the A406/A205 boundary in October 2021
The Ultra-Low Emission Zone is a scheme implemented by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, based on an original proposal from Boris Johnson when he was Mayor. It currently operates in the central London Congestion Charge area for all vehicles.
Sadiq Khan has now proposed to extend the Zone to the whole of London for commercial vehicles in 2020 and out to the A406/A205, North and South Circular Roads for motorcycles, cars, light vans and minibuses from October 2021.
Charges start at £12.50 per day for non-exempt motorcycles, cars, vans and minibuses. Larger vehicles pay more.
Everybody driving a non-exempt vehicle inside the zone, 24-7-365.
Sadiq Khan is basing his argument on the need to reduce emissions. But more emissions come from industry and from domestic and commercial gas usage than from motorcycles, cars, light vans and minibuses.
Also, emissions are already falling, and air quality has been improving since 2008/09 (see this report for TfL). By 2030, Khan’s scheme will be making no difference at all.
Nobody wants to condemn people to living with unsafe levels of pollution, but the evidence shows that this is not the case outside central London, other than along major routes at hotspot junctions.
The major source of pollution along those routes are buses and heavier commercial vehicles. We don’t oppose the changes planned for those vehicles. We just don’t think motorcyclists, older and lower paid drivers and those who need their vehicles for work, should have to pay £12.50, every time they need to drive.
People and businesses change their vehicles all the time. As a consequence, emissions are already falling and air quality improving as earlier tightening of vehicle standards take effect. Businesses change their fleets and staff cars more regularly, and most will already have complaint vehicles in the in fleets.
So, the 2021 expansion won’t make much difference to the rep doing 12,000 miles a year. It will hit the retired couple who bought – on Government advice – a good diesel car that they expected to keep.
Even without the 2021 expansion, emissions will continue to fall rapidly and by 2030, they will be just where they would have been expected to be anyway.
Over 80% of particulate pollution comes from tyre and brake wear and the “re-suspension” of that matter as people drive around. Schemes which make traffic flow more smoothly, with less stopping and starting can help cut this type of pollution. As can fixing potholes and damaged road surfaces.
Several European cities are using technology to remove pollution from the air. “City Trees” use moss to trap particulate and Nitrous Oxide pollution and can be 250-300 times as effective as a natural tree. Eco-billboards use solar powered fans to draw air across specialised gel to achieve the same effect. Sponsored by business, these measures could cost Londoners nothing, whilst cleaning up our worst affected locations.
Already in use in many European cities, this takes larger vehicles off through routes in cities by setting up transfer hubs on the outskirts, close to motorway junctions. Smaller, zero-emission vehicles are then used to make deliveries into the city centre.
Buses are a major contributor to pollution. It is already planned to use only zero-emission electric or hydrogen buses in central London, but redeploying hybrid buses to the suburbs will also help. Re-scheduling services so buses stop at alternate “A” and “B” stops would also speed up services and reduce the amount of stopping and starting.
Sadiq Khan pledged to plant millions of trees when he stood for election in 2016, but he has fallen well short. Planting natural trees and creating green borders along major routes can be incredibly effective in reducing the impact of pollution.
Many of our suggested alternatives cost nothing. Buses are being replaced anyway, altering services costs next to nothing. Businesses will sponsor green initiatives and developers contribute to tree planting all the time.
It is also costing almost £200m to create the network of cameras needed to police the expansion to the A406/A205 ring. That is a ready-made fund to support these initiatives.
The campaign is being run by 3RD PARTY LTD. A registered third party with the Electoral Commission (PEF number 10354) and also registered with the ICO as a data controller.
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