London to extend its road tax for polluting vehicles

London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced on Friday that the Low Emission Zone will be extended to cover all of Greater London, where nine million people live, from August 29, 2023.

Traffic conditions will be tougher in London for the most emitting vehicles. The city announced on Friday the extension, from next summer, to the entire British capital of its road tax for the most polluting vehicles. At the same time, it intends to encourage the use of electric cars.

Restricted to central London when it was introduced in 2019, the ULEZ zone (ultra low emission zone) had already been considerably enlarged in 2021. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced on Friday that it would extend it from August 29, 2023 to all of Greater London, where nine million people live.

In the midst of a cost of living crisis, introducing a new tax was “one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make”, he commented, but air pollution is making Londoners sick” from the cradle to the grave”.

“In the end, public health counts more than political expediency,” added the Labor mayor. “Five million more people will be able to breathe cleaner air.”

100 more ultra-fast charging points in the city

Meanwhile, Sadiq Khan on Thursday announced plans to keep London at the forefront of the electric car “revolution” by adding 100 ultra-fast charging points across the city. They can fully recharge a battery in 20-30 minutes.

According to the municipality, the capital has more than 11,000 charging points, or one for every four electric vehicles registered in London. The city also plans to create 4,500 jobs related to the development of electricity.

Electric cars are not affected by the extension of the ULEZ zone.

This extension is “good news for the health of all Londoners. Air pollution affects children even before they are born and causes them health problems throughout their lives”, reacted on Twitter the association “Mums for Lungs”.

12.50 pounds per day

Currently, drivers of petrol cars generally manufactured before 2006 (Euro 4 standard) and diesel vehicles generally manufactured before 2015 (Euro 6 standard) must pay 12.50 pounds (14.80 euros) per day to enter the ULEZ zone . For trucks and coaches, you have to pay 100 pounds (116 euros) per day. Taxis are exempt.

In addition to this tax, a “congestion charge”, an urban toll of 15 pounds per day, applies in the ultra-center to all vehicles, in order to reduce traffic.

According to a 2019 report, air pollution caused 1,000 hospitalizations a year in London between 2014 and 2016.

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