Sadiq Kahan's expansion of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone affecting North Circular


Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has announced his plans to include the North Circular (A406) in the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) which covers most of Greater London. The LEZ was introduced in 2008 to steer high emission vehicles away from the Capital and ultimately, the intention was to make our air a lot cleaner. The Mayor announced that in 2021, many vehicles will be charged £12.50 to enter the zone on the outskirts of the North Circular. The zone will operate 24/7 with charging days running from midnight to midnight. So, if you intend to drive within the boundary at 11.30pm and 1am that would set you back £25.


The inclusion of the North Circular has raised some controversy. Waltham Forest's Conservative Leader, Alan Siggers criticised the Mayor's plans and proposed the following alternative, "We could replace one third of London's buses and tackle pollution at source. But Labour just want to tax people going to work, going shopping or visiting a relative in hospital."


A study by Assembly Members at City Hall suggests that Mr Khan's new policy could result in more pollution around schools in Redbridge and Waltham Forest as drivers try to avoid the charges. The researchers identified that following the implementation of the congestion charge in 2003, the surrounding areas had a 10% increase in poisonous fumes. Could the outskirts of the North Circular find that our air quality gets worse as a result once the plan come into force? If so, a number of schools in will consequently be exposed to an increase in emission levels. Nevertheless, Sadiq Khan stands by his word that "these measure will help improve the air that millions of Londoners breathe."


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Published on 01 October 2017

Source Wonderlease

Written by Marc Cohen

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