Sadiq Khan is ‘bringing London to its knees’ says LBC caller
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London's Ultra Low Emission Zone has expanded today to include much of Greater London inside the North and South Circular Roads. It was initially launched in 2019 to deal with the city's harmful emissions rate, which he says has now been cut by almost half thanks to the scheme.
The zone, which has been expanded to 18 times larger than the original area, is more than double the size of the zone in Paris and eight times bigger than the proposed zone in Manchester.
Non-ULEZ-compliant cars are charged £12.50 per day to drive in the area, with larger vehicles being charged £100 for daily access.
Speaking at an event for emergency services in East London, Sadiq Khan, praised the scheme for helping lower London's pollution rate.
Sadiq Khan has praised the ULEZ changes in London. (Image: Getty)
The ULEZ is expanding today (Image: Getty)
He said: "Many of them (emergency workers) are behind me and they're incredibly grateful about our policies because they treat those who have suffered adverse consequences because of air pollution.
"They work in the NHS, London ambulance service, those in the fire service, the police and they deal with children who can't breathe because of this toxic air."
"Transport for London (TfL) are making sure that more than 100 night buses are running," he told BBC News.
A question from a viewer asked Mr Khan why there weren't any exemptions available for vulnerable people and blue badge users unless they are travelling to hospital.
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The Mayor responded, saying: "Well we have. Those who are disabled who have a specially adapted vehicle don't pay.
"We made sure there is a scrappage scheme to help those who are disabled who have got a vehicle that's not compliant to move away to a compliant vehicle.
"We've made sure there is a grace period, but also we've made sure that black taxi's which are wheelchair accessible don't have to pay the ULEZ.
"We've made sure those private hire vehicles that are wheelchair accessible don't have to pay the ULEZ fee.
"Initially, it's costing us far more (to run the ULEZ), because of the costs in relation to the cameras, the signage and so forth.
"What we do know is that the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London, the number of vehicles that were compliant went up, so the amount of money raised went down.
"That's what we want. It's not about raising money; it's about cleaning the air in central London.
"When I first announced this policy, only 39 percent of vehicles were compliant. That's now more than 87 percent.
A map of the ULEZ expansion. (Image: Express)
"What we are encouraging people to do is rather than driving a non-compliant vehicle and paying money to walk, to cycle, to use public transport.
"And if they've got to have a vehicle, make sure it's a ULEZ-compliant vehicle."
Petrol cars in London need to meet the Euro 4 standards, which are generally those first registered with the DVLA after 2005, although cars that meet the standards have been available since 2001.
Diesel cars need to be Euro 6, meaning the cars which generally meet the standards are those first registered with the DVLA after September 2015.
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