Cars, vans and motorbikes that don’t meet emission regulations could have to pay a daily charge of £12.50 to drive in the the Royal Borough from 2021 under proposals included within the Mayor of London’s ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) which Kensington and Chelsea Council voted to support last night (Wednesday 24 January 2018).
Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Air Quality and Climate Action Plan supports the ULEZ plan. The proposals mean that vehicles roughly more than 10-year-old that do not comply with Euro 6 for diesel and Euro 4 for petrol will have to pay the charge if the Mayor’s plan to expand the ULEZ to include the North and South Circular Roads comes into force.
In a report supporting the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s proposals, Deputy Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, Cllr Will Pascall, said air pollution is a major problem for the Royal Borough and London as a whole.
Two pollutants of concern are nitrogen dioxide, NO2, which medical research reports aggravates asthma and particulate matter, which heightens the risk of heart disease and respiratory diseases such as lung cancer. The impact of these pollutants on the borough’s children is of particular concern – 80 of its 90 schools are in locations that exceed the legal limits for both nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter.
From April 2019 the ULEZ will replace the T-charge and operate alongside the Congestion Charge and will operate 24/7 throughout the year. There will be two ULEZ charge levels, £12.50 a day for cars, vans and motorbikes and £100 a day for lorries, buses and coaches. This means more polluting cars and vans would pay £24 per day and lorries would pay £111.50 during congestion charge hours.
Cllr Will Pascall, Kensington and Chelsea’s deputy leader for borough services said: “Considering the expected improvements in air quality the decision to support the extension of the ULEZ to the north and south circular roads is self-evident.
“At the moment 90 per cent of our schools are in locations that exceed legal limits and we will support any action that improves air quality and are confident that our residents support this.”