The City of London clearly faces air pollution problems. Recently, it has announced a number of initiatives to tackle the challenge, including the Ultra Low Emission Zone. Now, London has taken another step and announced tests to restrict access to ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) only. The announcement fits well with London’s air pollution mitigation actions and a change to on-street parking charges has been introduced which makes use of different charges for vehicles with lower emitting cars paying less whilst levying a higher parking charge on more polluting vehicles.
The pilot will start small scale but could be extended to other parts of the Square Mile, London’s inner city, depending on evaluation results of access restrictions.
A feasibility study is currently underway to design the test and the study will culminate in a public consultation to gather the opinions of locals and residents in the area. The test phase should start in April 2019, parallel to implementation of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which covers the area of the actual congestion charge. The ULEZ introduces a charge on top to drivers of vehicles not complying with the new and lower emission standards. Ultra low emission vehicles produce below 75 g/km of carbon dioxide from the tailpipe.
The pilot of access restriction to ULEVs only is part of the Corporation’s Low Emission Neighbourhood project, jointly funded by the mayor of London and the City Corporation.
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First published by "transport-network.co.uk" 22 August 2018