Sorting the FACT… from the fiction. What does the proposed extension of the Ultra Low Emission Zone ULEZ mean for C&WG?
London has the lowest air quality in the UK and the highest rate of children with chronic asthma. 10,000 Londoners die every year as a consequence of low air quality: Doing nothing about pollution is not an option.
The Mayor for London is planning to introduce ULEZ up to, but not including, the North Circular from October 2021. This means there will be a charge for vehicles that do not meet clean air standards.
Recent data from Transport for London indicates that Waltham Forest will benefit more than any other London borough from an extended ULEZ with a reduction in key pollutants of up to 34%. and a 71% reduction of schools in high pollution areas.
C&WG support efforts to clean up London’s air. We also support the Labour Party’s call for Government to fund a generous scrappage scheme for all non-compliant vehicles, continued investment in public transport and other efforts to improve air quality.
There is no easy answer to the problem of toxic air in our community. But we must act now, and call for national government support to ensure everybody benefits from cleaner air.